Sunday, January 23, 2011
DUBAI Local business owners have been meeting to plan a protest on Sparkpeople HQ, as revenues for their small business have been slowly dwindling over the past few months.
Abdullah Junblatt, local franchise holder of Chillis, an American based family restaurant explains more. Mr David used to be one of our most regular customers. Many was the day he would call for our drivers to deliver a 3 course meal to his apartment for both lunch and dinner. Often this would be 2 or 3 or 4 times a week, every week, for months and months. I know his order like my own son's face Classic Nachos, Half Ribs and Choc Chip Paradise Pie. Of course sometimes he would change but this was his standard. And now....
The tears well up in Abdullah's eyes as he turns his face to me And now I have a freezer full of half ribs, a fridge full of Paradise pies and a store room full of nachos and he doesn't call me anymore. Why? Why? And then I find out he grits his teeth and spits out one word Sparkpeople!
Abdullah, as well as the owners of Solis Restaurant and Chow Meins Chinese have had their weekly revenues shattered as their most loyal customer has simply stopped calling.
Collectively, these 3 business owners have added a 2 bedroom extension to their home, purchased a 35 foot catamaran and funded at least one of their children's private educations with the consistent revenue generated by sales to this one loyal customer.
James Choi, manager of Chows, elaborates How will I pay for the remainder of my beloved daughter Myrtles education without Mr David deliveries? He had us on speed dial and now? Now he doesn't even remember who we are. I am ruined RUINED I tell you!
We contacted Mr David for comment, and asked him how he felt about the devastation he has caused to these once proud business men.
He responded as follows.
Errr ummm I guess - sorry?
Little comfort indeed to Abdullah and James.
This story is not over and we will update you should the situation change...although we doubt it will. We REALLY doubt it will.