(Corine Gatti, Headline USA) After just over a year of operation, a Toronto, Canada, coffee shop will be closing because its anti-capitalist system of “pay what you can” system failed.
The Anarchist’s owner Gabriel Sims-Fewer expressed disappointment that his anti-capitalist business venture did not survive without money coming into the business, the Daily Wire reported.
In a strongly worded post on the company’s website, Sims-Fewer expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to “live and work in ways that don’t enthusiastically embrace the pure misanthropy of capitalism,” but blamed the shop’s failure on a lack of “seed capital” from “ethically bankrupt sources.”
Sims-Fewer said that the coffee shop was unable to weather the quiet winter season and was unable to grow in the ways needed to be sustainable longer-term. However, he expressed hope that the idea of a pay-what-you-can system could be revived in a different form.
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“The Anarchist has been a huge success in every way I hoped and has given me so much inspiration and education that I plan to put to use in future projects,” he told his customers. He then added, “F*** the rich. F*** the police. F*** the state. F*** the colonial death camp we call ‘Canada.’ Solidarity.”
The owner also apologized for being a “white cisgender” man and admitted he didn’t hire people who were white, cisgender, heterosexual men — making the business less white-male-centered than the industry standard, the Daily Wire noted.
Sims-Fewer didn’t help his business after posting on Instagram last year shocking images of police officers being hung by the neck, along with the acronym “ACAB.” The message behind this is clear: All Cops Are Bastards.
He added to the social media post that “the queen was sh** and should have died sooner,” a reference to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who served as the monarch of Canada and other commonwealth realms.
The owner allowed customers to pay whatever they wanted for drip coffee–and more expensive drinks would be subsidized.