Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons came under a lot of flak on Wednesday after it posted a tongue-in-cheek tweet offering British Royals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle free coffee for life. The online backlash came as the offer proved hard to fathom for Canadians upset by the chain's labour relations practices. Tim Hortons' offer for the British Royals will only be valid if they choose to move to Canada.
Tim Hortons' offer came after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they will step back as senior members of the royal family and spend more time in North America where the Duchess of Sussex had lived for many years. Tim Hortons is often accused of not treating its employees right and that its employees are not being paid well. Canadian media reported that Tim Hortons' division in Winnipeg locked down staff who were demanding a pay rise.
No pressure, Meghan and Harry, but if you do choose to move to Canada, free coffee for life. Think about it.— Tim Hortons (@TimHortons) January 9, 2020
Canadians on social media left no stone unturned to troll Canada's largest quick-service restaurant chain. Some even went as far as to say that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can afford to buy the entire coffee chain itself and its the employees who can't afford their rent. While others pointedly urged them to stop giving millionaires free stuff.
Um....You have employees who have to go to the food bank to put food on the table and you want to offer an already incredibly wealthy family this perk.— Cory Judson (@CoryJudson) January 9, 2020
How about you tell that franchise in Manitoba to give YOUR employees the 10 cents/hr they want and deserve? #TimHortons
Tim Hortons can afford to give free coffee to royalty but a ten cent raise for workers is too much?— Bryce Doe (@BryceDoe) January 9, 2020