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Cops quit for doughnuts?

The Story

After 17 years as a police officer in Hamilton, Bud Kennish left the force to open a Tim Hortons franchise. And he's not the only one -- over the past several years, 20 cops in the Hamilton area have left the police force to open Tim's franchises. Why the trend? "They prefer a doughnut franchise to the stressful and often dangerous tasks they had to perform on the beat," explains reporter Stu Patterson in this 1981 CBC-TV clip.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: Nov. 10, 1981
Guest: Bud Kennish
Interviewer: Stu Patterson
Duration: 1:26

Did You know?

• Ron Joyce, Tim Horton's business partner, may have inspired this trend: he was a Hamilton police officer before he went into the doughnut business with Horton.

• Joyce left the force and bought the franchise for the first "Tim Horton's Do-nuts" on Ottawa Street in Hamilton in 1965 (the store had been in operation since 1964). By 1967, with three stores now in the chain, Joyce became a full partner in the business with Horton.




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