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Old 02-15-2012, 05:27 PM
 
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say i franchise a cheap fast food.. say auntie annes, etc.. and i hire an idiot employee and he puts a sharp object in the food or sh.it or pee or whatever

and i got sued..

i read this often in restaurants.. is there an insurance for this?
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:02 PM
 
Location: In America's Heartland
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The best insurance for this issue is... don't hire an employee that is an idiot.

Liability insurance is a must, but if you hire someone that puts a sharp object in the food, with today's social media, it can be financial suicide for a restaurant. There is no way to completely keep this type of thing from ruining your business, but I suggest that you take the time to find the right employee, don't cut any corners in the decision making process. Don't skimp on training. I also feel it is important to come up with a way so your employees feel apart of the business, instead of a unappreciated underling. It all comes down to management and if you hire an idiot, you really have nobody to blame but yourself.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:19 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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One of the prerequisites for being a business owner is management experience. Some franchise people will sell to anyone and suggest that they can hire anyone off the street and do great, but it's just not true. You also need experience with working in that type of business, some marketing and accounting to be successful. If you are worried about hiring an "idiot" then you are probably not prepared to be a boss.
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:46 PM
 
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Sounds like a great business plan.

Do write and let us know how it is going.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:27 AM
 
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One of my "silent partners" when I had a nice rental house business going was a very successful dentist. He investigated franchises of all kinds for a way to generate income / maybe give his family a little business. With rare exceptions the "upfront costs" for even the least expensive fast food type business take so long to pay off if the location you pick as sort of downturn over 10 years or so (and it is extremely unlikely that any location would not have such a downturn over at least that period...) and you basically will always be behind the 8 ball.

There are lots ways to analyze the return for a franchise and most of them will emphasize that, in the field of food service, when you have low per customer spending (like for soft pretzels) you need to MASSIVE numbers of orders just to pay your rent. At least at a donut shop you do have a large number of folks that'll buy a few dozen for work or some church / community group stuff. Of course the hours for donut places are such that if you pretty much have to have "the owners" watching the till 24x7....

Anyhow if you have a pile of cash and want to get a much faster return I would suggest you look into something that will have a faster return than low ticket fast food.

Food safety is pretty much the same for anything -- pizza, hamburgers, donuts,mdeli sandwiches all have perishable components. If you do not have experience with those requirements nor experience selecting employees with the skills to serve wholesome food to the public I would recommend not putting yourself into a situation that is open to dangerous situations.

There are plenty of franchises that sell non- perisihable goods and those that specialize in providing services to business owners, home owners, car owners,mand others.Perhaps you should investigate some of those opportunities.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:59 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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say i franchise a cheap fast food.. say auntie annes, etc.. and i hire an idiot employee and he puts a sharp object in the food or sh.it or pee or whatever

and i got sued..

i read this often in restaurants.. is there an insurance for this?
You need insurance, but ultimately it's your responsibility to make sure your employees are properly trained and of sound mind.
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:27 AM
 
Location: DFW
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Ask your trusted friends or family if they know of a HS or College kid who wants a job there.. better to find someone you can somewhat trust than anyone off the streets.
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