Should Private Businesses Close During Bad Storms?
One Grafton resident was bothered that the local Dunkin' Donuts had planned to remain open through the storm.
With a "potentially historic" blizzard upon us, the governor has ordered all non-emergency employees to stay home.
Private businesses, however, may choose whether to stay open.
In Grafton Friday morning, Kristen Remillard was happy to be able to grab her morning coffee at Dunkin' Donuts before the snow started falling. When she asked an employee if they'd be leaving early because of the storm, she was surprised to hear "no."
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Remillard posted on the Grafton Patch Facebook page a letter she wrote to the chain, expressing her concern:
Dear Dunkin Donuts (Massachusetts)
I was so very happy to get a coffee this morning on my mad rush before the snow storm "Nemo" ... BUT I was horrified to hear when I asked the employee if they were leaving early, that Dunkin Donuts is remaining OPEN during a STATE OF EMERGENCY here in MA.
Yes I understand, people want their coffee - especially people plowing BUT I think it is pathetic you expect your employees, who are most likely only making $7-$9 an hour, to drive to work in these snow conditions.
You are MILLION, most likely BILLION dollar company..... You will survive closing Massachusetts branches for a day or two.
Putting money before the lives of your employees is just plain sad.
Please reconsider keeping stores open during bad weather. We will survive without you for a day or two! We are more concerned with the safety of it's employees. Keep them home.
Thank you, and Respectfully, Kristen
Contacted at 12:30 p.m. Friday, an employee said the 24-hour shop planned to remain open as usual "for now," and noted that while they had run out of donuts, muffins and beverages were still available.
What do you think of businesses remaining open during such storms? Do you appreciate it, or could you go without? Tell us in the comments.