Quiznos: A Tragic Ending to a Franchisee's Plight
The Whittier Daily News in California reported that Bob Baber walked into the restroom of a Quiznos restaurant on November 27, and shot himself three times. A detective on the scene reported that he had this letter in his possession.
The letter is posted below.
Life goes on and we pass through Days of sunlight days of tears It’s the way life comes to you Foolish wasting precious years
I am not a fool. My wife is not a fool
I even refuse to call myself gullible. I am not a gullible. My wife is not a gullible
We trusted in Quiznos. They promised us success, help and everything else to get us to buy into the “dream” they were selling. They had a private secret unannounced agenda! To trap you and screw you, the franchisee!
We are not fools. But, we have been fooled
We are like so many others who also bought into this dream and lost a substantial portion of their life’s savings.
Countless individuals and families have been destroyed. Even some lives have been lost
I have struggled hard and did the best I could to create a voice for the franchisees in the system and to create a “support system” for the franchisees, which does not exist, and to fight the injustices of this franchise system (Quiznos). Not to bring the system down, but only to make it fair.
I hope my efforts will not go wasted. I hope the government will look into the systematic deceitful business practices of this franchisor. A serious investigation must be undertaken
It’s been a tough battle
I have been dragged through the legal system for over 18 months by the immensely superior financial might of the franchisor, which will continue to keep justice from coming to me, and to the hundreds and thousands of franchisees who are trapped similarly in the system and are slaving for this franchisor, and those who have bought into the franchise agreement, and not yet become store operators
I have spent and sacrificed my time, money, family life. I thought of an option to leave the system quietly and fade away, but now I choose not to do that, and instead let the struggle go on
My struggle will continue after my sacrifice.
Some one must do something about what Quiznos is doing to the trapped franchisees. Everything they do is in their own self interest, with utter disregard for the interests of the franchisees, to who they sold the “dream” and put into business, only to screw them systematically from day one
The press and the media must bring out the atrocities Quiznos is carrying on with.
In this franchise system the Franchisor has all the rights and no duties or obligations, whereas it is just the opposite for the Franchisee, which is the franchisee has no rights, no remedies, only obligations
I have not been able to think well, eat well, for the past one month
My health has been going down very fast
My mental capacity, to think, to work, and carry on my daily activities normally, is severely diminished
I cannot survive like this much longer
Quiznos has killed me. Destroyed my life. Destroyed my family life for the past seven years It has been a harrowing experience. We just could not get out of it. All doors were shut
Can some one stop this?
Can the government stop this Quiznos from destroying peoples lives? They have defrauded me and they are defrauding people. See my law suit (complaint) how they defrauded me from the very beginning, and then continued their systematic defrauding through out the period, until we left
They retaliated against me for trying to create a voice for the franchisees in the system We were abused, we were manipulated, we were exploited,
I deeply regret getting in to Quiznos. I wish I had never heard of them
Can the media stop this?
CNN we need your help. Nancy Grace, please help! Glora Alred? Who else? KTLA, LA Times, OC Register Please
How can a common individual like me and those like me in similar circumstances, there are thousands, with limited resources get justice?
I believe there will be justice. But it will be too late for me.
There are a large and growing number of us who believe, unreservedly, that the handful of people who own and/or otherwise control the Quiznos Corporation should spend the rest of their lives in prison. The Quiznos Corporation is just one of the most egregious in what they do, but the entirety of franchising in America is open to this kind of abuse. The IFA (International Franchise Association) is the umbrella entity that, along with individual Franchisors, has enough money and power to buy the legislation that protects the Franchisor, and exploits the Franchisee. Fair and just legislation, that would level the playing field, never sees the light of day. Senators and Representatives, primarily Republicans, continue to sell hard working Americans down the river. STAY FAR, FAR AWAY FROM THE QUIZNOS CORPORATION. THEY ARE CRIMINAL IN WHAT THEY DO. And treat any Franchise System with deep suspicion
Signed: Bob Baber
These files are on the USB drive
* Read Toasted Subs Franchisee Association's dedicated page to Bob Baber [Editor's note: The dedicated page was pulled off the site.]