This Restaurant Just Banned Bankers but Allows Dogs

Michaela Whitton
February 24, 2016

(ANTIMEDIA) France — Furious French cafe owner Alexandre Callet has taken the unprecedented step of banning bankers from his establishment after claiming that they have treated him like a dog. The 30-year-old restaurant owner is fuming with the morally corrupt industry after his request for a €70,000 ($78,000) loan to open a second restaurant was denied.

Callet said the requested amount of €70,000 is “nothing” given that his turnover for last year was €300,000. To express his disgust, the blackboard outside his Parisian restaurant which would normally display the day’s specials now reads: “Dogs welcome, bankers banned (unless they pay an entry fee of €70,000).”

Callet said he believes in reciprocity and had to respond. “If you hit me, I’ll hit you,” he told The Local. “As soon as I see a banker that I recognize I won’t let them enter my restaurant. They have treated me like a dog, so I have denied them access,” he added.

The recent financial knockback is deja vu for Callet as it’s not the first time he has locked horns with bankers. When attempting to open his first restaurant at the age of 23, he was turned down 0ver 20 times before a bank finally agreed to lend him money.

While he is yet to turn anyone away from his establishment, the young entrepreneur said the way he has been treated is reflective of the shameful way business owners are treated in France. He claimed that countless businesses in France are being forced to resort to crowdfunding and blamed French-style socialism, which props up the government whilst small businesses like his battle to exist.

“There’s the 35-hour week. There is globalization, yet our businesses are completely blocked. We can’t find oxygen,” he said.


This article (This Restaurant Just Banned Bankers but Allows Dogs) is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Michaela Whitton and theAntiMedia.orgAnti-Media Radio airs weeknights at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. Image credit: Georgie Pauwels. If you spot a typo, email edits@theantimedia.org.

Since you’re here…

…We have a small favor to ask. Fewer and fewer people are seeing Anti-Media articles as social media sites crack down on us, and advertising revenues across the board are quickly declining. However, unlike many news organizations, we haven’t put up a paywall because we value open and accessible journalism over profit — but at this point, we’re barely even breaking even. Hopefully, you can see why we need to ask for your help. Anti-Media’s independent journalism and analysis takes substantial time, resources, and effort to produce, but we do it because we believe in our message and hope you do, too.

If everyone who reads our reporting and finds value in it helps fund it, our future can be much more secure. For as little as $1 and a minute of your time, you can support Anti-Media. Thank you. Click here to support us

    0