Tim Hortons Drive-Thru Ban? You May Have To Go Inside To Roll Up The Rim In Saskatoon
SASKATOON - Canadians lining up in their cars for a Tim Hortons fix are causing traffic snarls and headaches in cities across the country.
The problem has become so bad in Saskatoon that one city councillor has proposed a ban on all future drive-thrus.
A report is looking into whether such a plan would work.
City transportation manager Angela Gardiner said she's not sure a ban is the best solution. But the problem does need to be addressed.
"The demand at Tim Hortons drive-thrus is increasing across the whole country, so everybody is faced with this."
Gardiner said the dilemma was brought up at a national transportation engineering conference last year. Traffic numbers for Tim Hortons drive-thrus greatly exceed the average for other fast-food outlets in Canada.
She said two Tim Hortons locations in the city are the most problematic.
A double-wide drive-thru was added to the busy restaurant off 8th Street. And a traffic barricade was installed at the site near Idylwyld Drive, where patrons had illegally been turning left into the parking lot and lining up through the major intersection.
Gardiner said city officials are also working with the owners of new Tim Hortons outlets, before they build, to map out appropriate drive-thru space. One owner actually abandoned his chosen location when both sides couldn't agree on the design.
Staff Sgt. Grant Obst, head of the city police traffic unit, said the drive-thrus haven't caused police serious concerns.
"It would be something that would affect patience and frustration of a motorist rather than safety," he said. "But sometimes a frustrated motorist can become dangerous."
Last month, police in Grande Prairie, Alta., were called to a Tim Hortons when a customer in its drive-thru line pulled a gun.
The driver allegedly cut in line and brandished the weapon when confronted by another patron. Police later stopped his vehicle and found a pellet gun.
Obst said officers in Saskatoon have not responded to similar coffee-rage incidents.
"We've had an individual get mad and throw a bit of a temper tantrum. But as far as actual violence or actual weapons, we're not seeing that in Saskatoon. Thank God."
— By Chris Purdy in Edmonton
5 Facts About Roll Up The Rim To Win
Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Biggest Prize In Its First Year: Timbits
When Timmies launched Roll Up The Rim in 1986 as a "thank-you" to customers, the largest prize was a snack box of Timbits. Needless to say, the contest has grown in scope since then. Photo: Flickr/Calgary Reviews
Uneven Prize Distribution
If you live on Prince Edward Island, your chances of winning a Roll Up The Rim prize are considerably better than if you live in Ontario. That's because Tim Hortons spreads prizes across the country according to geography, not population density. "<a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2006/03/15/timhortons-060315.html" target="_hplink">If it was all equalized, some places like P.E.I. or New Brunswick might not get one at all</a>," a Timmies rep said. "This is just about trying to create some excitement." Photo: Flickr/n_wilsey
Roll Up The Rim: Kandahar Edition
Until last year, Timmies' famous promotion extended to its location in Afghanistan, which the company set up to serve Canadian soldiers. The Afghan version of the promo featured its own set of prizes, but Tim Hortons' presence in Agfhanistan has <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/11/24/tim-hortons-pulls-out-of-kandahar_n_1111974.html" target="_hplink">come to a close with Canada's reduced role in the war</a>. Photo: Canadian troops in Kandahar, Afghanistan line up for donuts and coffee at Tim Hortons, Thursday Jun 29, 2006. (CP PHOTO/ John Cotter)
Only 56 Per Cent Can RRRoll Up The RRRim
According to a study commissioned by Tim Hortons, <a href="http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/780275/tim-hortons-roll-up-the-rim-to-win-celebrates-25-years-with-better-odds-one-in-six-chances-and-more-prizes-than-ever" target="_hplink">only 56 per cent of Canadians can roll their r's like the Timmies commercials show</a>. Only one in five can hold a rolled 'r' for more than 15 seconds, and men appear to be better at it than women. (Alamy photo)
387 Million Prizes In 25 Years
As one of the country's longest-running promotions, Roll Up the Rim has handed out some 387 million prizes since its launch. Says Bill Moir,Tim Hortons' chief brand and marketing officer: "Roll Up the Rim to Win is not only an important part of Tim Hortons' history, it has become an annual Canadian tradition." Photo: Tim Hortons President and CEO Donald B. Schroeder speaks at the company's AGM in Toronto on May 13, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn