It is a great shock to find that in a world of Gary Coopers you are the Indian.

Who the hell ever thought they signed up to a faceless nobody loser cowpoke in a cheesy spaghetti western franchise system?GaryCooperI know I sure didn’t.

Franchisees enter into a type of shock when they realize they entered into relationships that put them as 2nd class citizen.

  • franchisee :: franchisor,
  • buyer :: supplier,
  • customer :: banker,
  • client :: solicitor, and
  • citizen :: politician.

Some never make it out; such as Bob Baber (2.5 years now). Janet Sparks

People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.

To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger.

Be careful what you set your heart upon – for it will surely be yours.

I want to be an honest man and a good writer.

James A. Baldwin

One Response to It is a great shock to find that in a world of Gary Coopers you are the Indian.

  1. Carol Cross says:

    Yes! The “Cowboy and the Indian” scenario is valid and sad. The actual violence of franchising is hidden from view because of the power of those who profit from franchising to always write the script and paint the pretty picture of “life on the reservation.”

    The Cowboys in franchising are protected by law, process and procedure that has been developed to protect the business model of franchising that creates so much activity for the special interests (the franchisors, the banks and the lenders, the Mall builders and Landlords, the attorneys (ABA), and the government itself. They certainly won’t let a few “dead Indians” get in the way of progress.

    As you have pointed out so effectively, Les! There is really no help for those who sign the actual franchise contracts —-except perhaps the joining together of the Indians to fend off brutal exploitation by the superior forces! —and then, who can best negotiate for them? —certainly not those from within the status quo who, themselves, protect the ugly game of “Cowboys and Indians.”


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