We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Dunkin' Donuts, the well-established donut-and-coffee chain on the East Coast and in the Midwest — with 6700 store locations in the U.S. and 30 other countries — didn’t have a California location until earlier this month.
Located inside Camp Pendleton’s new MCX store (a one-stop shop for active duty military and their families), Dunkin' Donuts opened with little fanfare on May 3.
Upon hearing of the store's opening, I tried on numerous occasions to get a comment from the Dunkin' Donuts corporation based in Massachusetts. It took several weeks for a spokesperson to respond to emails.
On May 22, PR manager McCall Gosslin responded that they understand the demand for Dunkin' Donuts in California, pointing out that the state is number one in sales for their prepackaged coffee. But, he added, it will be a long time before other California locations are added. He said Camp Pendleton officials reached out to Dunkin' Donuts because of their popularity at other military installations.
Speculation as to why a multinational company won't have an additional presence in California can be drawn from an announcement last year that Carl’s Jr. will no longer seek to open additional California locations due to a regulatory process that takes two to three years.
On May 23, Dunkin' Donuts manager Daisy said they were extremely busy and that the Marines are aware of the fact that theirs is the first shop in California.
I own my own small business (40 US employees, additional 2 employees in Europe), based on the East Coast with a few West Coast customers that I am tempted to add some employees to support. We are a nice small business, and do a decent amount of export dollar business (that's good, right? Government shouldn't be wanting to make my life miserable for bringing in foreign spending?).
My accountants and lawyers advise me against doing business in California. Flat out, say no. Don't do it, not worth it.
They are right. I hired one California employee to support my customers there, creating additional nexus, and I had a wave of tax and regulatory issues.
My employee handbook had 10+ pages added to it along the lines of "Our policy is X, unless you are employed in the State of California, in which our Policy is ..."
CA dinged us by proactively absconding with dollars from us for taxes they alleged we owed (that we didn't) and dared us to come get it. It was small amount (maybe $7,000), but it would cost more to get it back. So we gave in. (Aarrgh, unfortunately, the 'principle of the thing' doesn't always apply in business, if you can make more elsewhere with the same amount of time).
Even for subcontracting (vs. employing) people to support our operations, there are additional burdens.
And so on.
We are slowly in the process of firing all our California customers, whom we love, because of the CA government.
You have no idea how bad it is.
My next compay will be HQ in TX, FL, NV, SD or WY ... or some similar such state that understands economic freedom.
But not in CA, NY, NJ. They need not apply for my job creation skills.
'Dunkin' Donuts in August 2002 closed its final Golden State outpost in Sacramento "because the time wasn't right for the brand and the infrastructure didn't exist to grow and expand in the state," Dunkin' spokeswoman Michelle King, told Reuters.'
"Wow, I Wonder Why Job Creation Isn’t Occurring in California?'
"Facebook is making the payments because Menlo Park can’t collect sales taxes from Facebook."
"The last is a dodge – this is a protection racket, pure and simple. Presumably Facebook pays property taxes on its corporate offices, as do its employees who live nearby. Also, these new employees will all spend money in the local economy that will generate sales taxes. Facebook presumably pays for water, sewer, trash and other utilities, and their employees are paying gas taxes as they drive that pay for the roads. Facebook pays California income taxes, as do their employees. What are these mystery costs that are not getting covered? The community services bit is a hint that this is a stick-up, with Menlo Park demanding its cut of the recent IPO.'
Having recently traveled in areas where there is nothing BUT DD, I have to say I can't figure out why people patronize them. The coffee isn't very good and the pastries etc are really not very good. Its frustrating when all you want is good coffee and there is nothing but DD. Sigh.
There were DDs in California until the late 1990s. My girlfriend, her little daughter, and I would breakfast at the DD in Tustin, Orange County. We were in Newport Beach buying donuts with a coupon - buy one dozen and get a dozen free - when I was informed by the cute teen beach bunny that she couldn't accept the coupon because it was only good in North and South America. Dopey me, I asked where we were and she replied quick as only a beach bunny can, "West America!"