Monday, June 12, 2006

Tim Hortons in Afghanistan

Canadian soldiers will soon be able to order that large double-double they've been longing for. An aircraft carrying a Tim Hortons trailer landed in Afghanistan Monday and will open its doors on Canada Day.

Troops had lobbied for the coffee chain's presence to Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Rick Hillier, who passed the message on to the company.

The Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency, the morale and welfare arm of the Canadian Forces, will help operate the trailer, which will contain most of the selections of a typical outlet.

The group organizes many events for soldiers and staff, including movie and Stanley Cup hockey nights.

Approximately 50 people — including some military wives — have been training at CFB Kingston to work at the new Tim Hortons. Training was a little more intense than usual, as staff had to learn safety precautions relating to the dangerous environment in addition to the coffee chain's requirements for food and beverage preparation and customer service.

Source here

For those who don't quite know what Tim Hortons is, think of it like this; imagine if a Krispy-Kreme doughnut shop was established at an American military base in Iraq. Too me, this seems a little excessive.

Yeah, I'll get a large coffee and a glazed doughnut to go; wonder what happens if you get jelly on your gun?


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