Tim Hortons will take legal action agains the fake “Tim Mortons” in South Korea

Ru oh! Remember that fake Tim Hortons that popped up in South Korea? Well, Timmies legal team is going after them.

According to the Canadian Press, “Tim Hortons says it’s taking action to combat knock-off products like the Tim Mortons instant coffee spotted in South Korea this week. Canadian Mike Elgar posted a photo of bags of Tim Mortons Mocha Gold Coffee Mix on Instagram on Sunday.”

Boom. Nobody puts Timmies in the corner.

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I'm obsessed with Tim Hortons.It runs through my veins and I've probably spent enough money downing Steeped Tea's that I could have purchased my own franchise.

  • Ryo Hazuki

    It’s sad enough you spend a wasted life loving something as utilitarian and pointless as an American fake coffee and donut franchise.

    But Ian Hardy, you’re also a throwback to racist white supremacist lowlifes who like to mock Japanese and Koreans for the lack of an r sound in their speech.

    I detest people like you utterly. Loser.

    • James Dean

      While loving Tim’s coffee and food isn’t as sad and pointless as Ryo would have us believe (look around you), what the heck (for lack of a better word) is wrong with you, Ian Hardy?

      Maybe have your kids proofread your pieces, they might catch blatant racism from the last century.

    • Tod Bovingdon

      Ryo, I think you have missed something in (or are reading too much into) this article.

      The only thing I can remotely find in this article that might be construed as mocking Asians lacking an ‘r’ sound is the opening line, “Ru oh!”. To be fair, I initially thought it was a typo or an auto correct. Then I realized that it was a callback to Scooby Doo, a children’s cartoon featuring a ghost hunting dog who spoke in a half-speech, half-growl. “Ru oh!” would translate, in Scooby-speak to “Uh oh!” and would be a completely appropriate (if slightly difficult to parse) comment in this context. (Scooby’s friend was named Shaggy and he routinely called him Raggy)

      Admit it, had the article started with, “Uh oh, remember that…” you wouldn’t have given it a second glance. Frankly it is your cultural stereotyping that is getting in the way here since you, for some reason, assumed that because the profile picture of Ian clearly shows he is white that he was a white supremacist throwback low life, (on no evidence at all that I can find in the article) and you resorted to name calling rather than just read the article and try to research something you didn’t understand.

      Now, if he had started the article with “Me so solly…” then you might have an argument but to attack when he uses a phrase you obviously don’t understand and just assumed was racist is wrong and you owe Ian an apology.

      • James Dean

        So the r-lack could be a typo, an autocorrect, a Scooby Doo callback, or a racist remark.

        A typo, truly anything could be a typo. Almost every word processing program or web browser has spellcheck nowadays, and I assume Hardy proofreads his work, so I’m thinking this is unlikely to be the case.

        An autocorrect, well those usually correct into a “real word,” like fdork into dork or fork. Hardy may be an ardent Scooby Doo fan and has added “ru oh” into his word processing program or web browser’s custom dictionary, but that’s also a bit of a stretch.

        A Scooby Doo callback, brings back fond memories of the gang cruising around in the Mystery Machine. I’d buy that explanation, if the article had anything to do with Scooby Doo, or mysteries, or ghost hunting, etc. Still, more likely than a typo or autocorrect.

        A racist remark, here everything seems to fit. Article is about a South Korean Tim Horton’s knock-off. I get that Hardy might be a Scooby Doo fan, and he has the right to insert fandom into unrelated internet articles he writes, but the whole Scooby Doo justification is a bit forced, don’t you think?

        • Tod Bovingdon

          Hey, I’ve seen some amazing typos and auto corrects in my time, some with horribly racist and sexist overtones so I know anything is possible.

          That being said, I have actually said “Ru oh” when I meant Uh oh because I was channeling Scooby (I know you have no reason to believe me, but it’s true). It’s not a racist catch phrase, it’s a humorous way of saying Uh oh. If you think that makes me (and Ian) a racist well I’ll just have to live with that.

          • James Dean

            There’s no r-lack, that’s true. You mentioned “Asians lacking an ‘r’ sound” in the comment I was responding too, so I figured we’d stick with it, but it would’ve been more prudent to call it out earlier. Let’s just call it the “ru oh.”

          • James Dean

            When people say “ru oh” it’s either imitating Scoobs, or imitating stereotypical Asian pronunciation of “uh oh.” I just don’t see how the Scooby Doo reference is more likely than the stereotypical Asian pronunciation is, given the context of the article.

          • Tod Bovingdon

            To be absolutely truthful I have never heard anyone saying ru oh as an imitation of Asian stereotype. Not to deny that it may happen but I have never heard it. This is why, in my experience, it could only have been a Scooby reference (that and the fact that I do the very same thing myself)

            I spent quite a bit of time reading many of Ian’s other posts in this blog and find absolutely no hint of racism anywhere. I would find it highly illogical that he should suddenly start. Occam’s Razor states that when presented with two competing explanations one must choose the simplest. A mis-understood (and mis-placed, I will grant you) pop culture reference (that we both understand BTW) seems to me to be a simpler explanation than a veiled racist reference (which I havent heard of and still dont quite understand given it hinges on a lack of r but includes a surplus r)

            I also, at heart, believe that people are essentially good until proved otherwise. Without evidence of racism anywhere else (all the posts on this blog are relatively innocuous news reports concerning the Tim Horton’s chain) I just cannot believe that this is a racist post.

      • Ryo Hazuki

        It is 110% percent a racist little snide shot and nothing but.

        Your bringing in Scooby Doo of all things out of nowhere is symptomatic of privileged white people condescending to nonwhites and telling them they’re stupid/crazy/wrong.

        The fact you had to espouse all that verbal diarrhoea to incoherence just cements this.

        It’s like the whole Asian drivers are bad drivers stereotype HST white people insist on promulgating as fact. Truly there is nothing more dangerous than the aggressive white male driver on the road – but white people keep trying to repeat this ugly lie, originating slanty eyes not seeing properly, as though it has basis in fact. Then there’s all the passive aggressive racism about ‘ricers’.

        Yeah this was just more of the same. Guys like you are always saying bigoted crap but insisting it’s not racist – especially with the way you treat Western Muslims, your new Japs, today.

        I don’t owe Hardy any apology. You owe me one. Go to hell.

        • James Dean

          Do you watch Dunkey, or are you a Shenmue fan, or both?

          • Tod Bovingdon

            Well, frankly, I’ve never heard of either but a quick Google search indicates that Dunkey is a cartoon that has been banned for promoting hate-speech and Shenmue is a video game based on Chinese culture.

            I’m not sure what this adds to the discussion unless you are trying to imply I am a fan of hate-speech or video games.

          • Ryo Hazuki

            This is the typical shallow thinking of lazy, arrogant, and overweight white males. “I did a Google search and am talking bollocks, but who cares?”

            Little wonder people like you love Trump so much. Even more than Obamas drone slaughter!

          • James Dean

            I was actually responding to Ryo. The main character of the Shenmue game series is named Ryo Hazuki. It’s not a very popular game in North America, but Dunkey (the relatively popular YouTube channel, not the cartoon) did a series on it.

          • Tod Bovingdon

            Thank you for clearing that up.

        • Tod Bovingdon

          Where did I ever mention Asian stereotypes? Review the exchange and you will discover that it is you that had brought up negative stereotypes of whites and of Asians. I never said Asians were bad drivers or had poor eyesight, you did. I never mentioned ‘ricers’, you did. I never mentioned Muslim headgear, you did. I never called Muslims “Japs”, you did.

          I’m not going to hell as I don’t believe in it but if you do have a nice trip.

          • Ryo Hazuki

            Hahaha. Not. Typical disingenuous white man waffling.

            Does not address a single point made.

            Instead makes up things and pisses off.

            Don’t you live the smell of white privilege? probably smells a great deal like that Tim Hortons swill you lot are so religious about.

            Arrogant white man.

          • Tod Bovingdon

            Ok, you’re a troll and I don’t have time for you. It’s obvious you are not interested in an intelligent discussion.

            I will not reply further.

            Have fun shouting into the darkness.

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  • Thomas Buster

    This is hilarious for two reasons… for one, this is the sort of thing you’d expect from China or some third world country, not Korea (at least not in this day and age). But also… why bother? Tim Hortons makes great stuff, but do they really have the kind of brand recognition worth tapping into like this? This isn’t exactly McDonald’s that we’re talking about, they don’t have that many stores outside of Canada, and most of the ones they do have are either in the USA or the Middle East. This is like ripping off Bojangles’ and selling it in France.