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Dunkin’ Donuts is terminating and suing a franchisee for sharing shop secrets with his wife. He was spied one day working at her shop, where coffee, bagels and egg sandwiches are served.
Dunkin' said that a representative for the company observed Vorvis working behind the counter at Cafe 57. Vorvis subsequently admitted to the company that he has been helping his wife at the restaurant, according to the Dunkin' complaint. Dunkin' alleges that Vorvis is violating his franchise agreement by sharing confidential information about opening and running a Dunkin' shop with his wife. Dunkin' said it sent a franchise termination notice to Vorvis and Pithis on Friday, the same day it filed the lawsuit in federal court. A spokesman for Dunkin' declined to comment about the case, other than to say that when Dunkin' files a lawsuit, it is striving to protect its brand reputation, its franchisees' investments in the brand and the quality of customers' experience. – Patriot Ledger
Dunkin’ eyes are everywhere.