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Popular Donut Shop Doubles as a Hospital ER

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The Tim Horton’s coffee and doughnut chain has long been a major player in Canada. Now they may have made a bold move into major surgery.

At Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, British Columbia, near Vancouver, a Tim Horton’s location was transformed into a temporary triage center earlier this week due to overcrowding in the ER. A spokesperson insisted that the restaurant is considered a "designated overflow area." At least four patients were treated. A doctor interviewed for local TV claimed that the Tim
Horton’s ward was actually an improvement over the usual hallway overflow areas.

The incident has drawn attention to the issue of overcrowding in Canadian hospitals. But it also earned a windfall of publicity for Tim Horton’s, considered by many Canadians to be an emblematic national institution. Tim Horton’s ads were included in evening TV news stories. Online and media forums actually turned their attentions away from Charlie Sheen to riff on the incident.

Topics of speculation included the potential for mixing up the pot of fresh-brewed coffee with the pot of anesthetic, or the possibility of replacing the chain’s popular “Roll Up the Rim to Win” contest with a “Colossal Colostomy Sweepstakes.” At the very least, the franchise could emerge with a great new slogan: “ICU at Tim’s!”
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