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reijinni's avatar

How do you feel about Burger King leaving for Canada?

Asked by reijinni (5257 points ) 3 weeks ago

Burger King is performing an inversion by buying Tim Hortons and moving to Canada.

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Darth_Algar's avatar

The impact this will have upon my life is approximately zero.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

It won’t affect me directly. But what are the advantages for them? I’m not familiar with Canada’s corporate taxes.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Ugh. Can’t they just take Tim Horton’s?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Canada has lower taxes.

2davidc8's avatar

Good riddance. But I’m sorry for Tim Horton’s.

zenvelo's avatar

I feel sorry for Canadians, they’ve done nothing wrong.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Canada has lower taxes? What do they not tax businesses?

elbanditoroso's avatar

I won’t eat there any more. Which is too bad because I like their chicken sandwiches.

Call it a boycott. If they leave, I leave them. They could just easily buy Tim Horton’s and stay headquartered in the USA.

Treasonous scum-based jerks.

Pachy's avatar

Payback for Justin Bieber.

dappled_leaves's avatar

@elbanditoroso Does this mean you also boycott all American companies that have their headquarters or workforce abroad for tax purposes? That’s going to be a pretty long list.

zenvelo's avatar

@El_Cadejo I no more blame Canada for Bieber than they blame the US for Michael Jackson.

janbb's avatar

Blame Canada

johnpowell's avatar

A bandana and wheatpaste might be in order here. To inform potential customers of their plans.

gailcalled's avatar

I am so bereft that I can hardly function. Amazon.com is rushing this
to me. (Who’s Tim Horton?)

elbanditoroso's avatar

@dappled_leaves – the ones I can identify.

I also don’t shop at Hobby Lobby. Ever.

talljasperman's avatar

@gailcalled Tim Horton is a Canadian hockey player…. he played for Toronto maple leafs, I believe. He died in 1974.

dappled_leaves's avatar

@gailcalled Glad you asked! Tim Horton was a Canadian hockey player who opened a doughnut shop and later killed himself in a drunken high-speed police chase. Yet, somehow, despite Tims Hortons (sic) being a truly awful coffee chain, it has managed to make his name a great Canadian symbol. It’s all very embarrassing.

LostInParadise's avatar

Something has to be done on an international level to handle the taxes that international companies pay. I don’t know if Burger King is in any other countries, but plenty of companies have a presence in many countries. Why should they pay their taxes to just one of them? It makes no sense. There should be a system by which they pay taxes based on their sales or profits in each country. I know it will be difficult to come up with the exact method, but it would be better than what is being done now.

dappled_leaves's avatar

@LostInParadise I doubt it would be difficult, actually. There’s just no will to do it.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Burger King has locations in something like over 70 countries. 90% of their locations are franchised. You think those franchise owners don’t pay taxes to their countries?

Adagio's avatar

@gailcalled always good to be suitably dressed.

Adagio's avatar

@LostInParadise Unfortunately Burger King is here in NZ also.

LostInParadise's avatar

I believe that the way it works is that the profits made by individual franchise owners as well as employee salaries are taxable in the countries where the stores are located. Burger King gets a cut of the revenue that individual operations take in, and that money is only taxed in the U.S.

trailsillustrated's avatar

what are we going to do where here burger king is hungry jacks? sad face.

ibstubro's avatar

I have a feeling that Burger King will feel a bit of a backlash, and as competitive as the fast food industry is, that could be deadly.

Walgreen’s dropped a similar plan to headquarter in Switzerland because they were afraid of the bad press. Similarly, Walgreen’s was undoubtedly worried about handing CVS something they could blow out of proportion and capitalize on. I’m sure the ad people are already subtly working it into BK competitor’s advertising.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I think the people who will eat at burger king don’t really give a shit.

talljasperman's avatar

As long as I have my cream filled chocolate doughnuts then I am fine.

ibstubro's avatar

I think the people who eat at Burger King are somewhat likely to in the “I only buy made in the USA,” camp.

I don’t eat there at all, since the local Subways started carrying Garden Veggie Patties.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me I was going to agree with you 100 percent, and the tj came along and made the point.

Darth_Algar's avatar

@ibstubro “I think the people who eat at Burger King are somewhat likely to in the “I only buy made in the USA,” camp.”

Surely. Right on their way to Wal-Mart to buy tons of cheap Chinese-manufactured crap.

jca's avatar

They just said on the news that in Canada, 8 out of every 10 cups of coffee sold are from Tim Horton’s.

This move could make BK the 3rd largest fast food chain in the world.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Jeez, you guys are rude, insulting, and prejudiced as hell. TO say nothing of talking in stereotypes and being just plain wrong.

I’m not a redneck, not an uneducated boob who shops at Wal-Mart, or any of the nastiness that you attribute to Burger King customers. You elitists love to lord over others based on your perceived superiority.

I like BK’s chicken sandwiches, and as a side note, their onion rings aren’t bad either.

But as I said above, I won’t be going there in the future if this transaction goes through.

But that’s secondary to my real point. Those of you who are so insulting to BK customers ought to look inside yourselves and see if you aren’t just being arrogant for the sake of being arrogant.

jca's avatar

They also said what @elbanditoroso just said. A lot of US customers are writing on their website and FB page that they will be boycotting BK due to this move.

ibstubro's avatar

Exactly who attached the BK clientele? @elbanditoroso I actually agree with you. I used to eat at BK occasionally because they had a veggie burger, but no longer do so because of Subway.

In my opinion there are so many choices in fast food that any excuse to eliminate one is welcome, and BK moving headquarters to Canada is a valid reason. They could buy Horton’s and stay US based.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@ibstubro – read up about 6 posts and you will see a bunch of people making disparaging comments

As for Tim Horton’s – I enjoyed their donuts when I had to be in Toronto on business. If they start selling them in Atlanta (not likely) I might go there. We have Dunkin Donuts here, but not very convenient to where I live.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’ve been boycotting BK for years because of their violence ridden commercials. Good riddance, I say.

reijinni's avatar

I myself used to like the place, but between shunning the Occupy movement and the Twilight promotion, I had to part ways with them. What we really need are better-run restaurants run by people that actually cares about their customers and not their pockets, even if those restaurants can only serve a few states at the moment.

LostInParadise's avatar

I rarely go to burger joints, but if I ever come across this place, I will make a point of visiting at least once.

Darth_Algar's avatar

@elbanditoroso

Where, exactly, are the disparaging comments you speak of?

elbanditoroso's avatar

@Darth_Algar – yours, for instance.

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Darth_Algar's avatar

@elbanditoroso

What exactly was disparaging about that comment?

majorrich's avatar

If they are based in a different country are they bound by Obamacare laws?

majorrich's avatar

If it works look for corporate flight like crazy!

Darth_Algar's avatar

@majorrich

It doesn’t matter where they’re headquartered, any corporation operating in any location is going to be bound by the laws of that location.

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