[singlepic id=66 w= h= float=center]Caffè Nero, in my opinion, is being held up in broad daylight in a robbery attempt and the robber is brazen enough to not even wear a disguise! The robber’s name is the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC). I was alerted to this attempted robbery yesterday by Universal Hub in a post titled “Coffee chain verbally agrees to be a good neighbor in JP, but won’t commit to that in writing” which referenced the Jamaica Plain News’ post titled “Read the ‘Good Community Biz Agreement’ Caffè Nero Won’t Sign“. I thought that I was reading some sort of perverted combination of: The Communist Manifesto written by Freidrich Engels and Karl Marx; Benito Mussolini’s Fascist Manifesto; and Mein Kampf which was written by Adolph Hitler. I’m not being hyperbolic. Have these members of the JPNC never read history?! Have they never read Lord Acton’s phrase “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”?! I was so taken aback yesterday that I had to write this post. One of the demands that the JPNC asked for is: “Imprint all take-out materials (cups, bags, plates, etc.) with the company name or logo.” That one really got me. Why? The reason is two-fold. The JPNC wants Caffè Nero, which is going to open its shop at 733 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain on Google Maps, to spend more of Caffè Nero’s money on its disposable tableware not because the JPNC wants to encourage Caffè Nero to advertise but so that it can readily point the finger at Caffè Nero whenever there’s trash on Jamaica Plain’s streets that comes from Caffè Nero. Seriously, Caffè Nero can do very little in policing its customers once those customers leave Caffè Nero’s premises but the JPNC just doesn’t seem like it can follow logic and reason. Caffè Nero has, inexplicably in my opinion, reportedly agreed to that stipulation. I like Jamaica Plain. I helped the current owner of the formerly dilapidated brick building at 51-55 Heath Street, Jamaica Plain on Google Maps buy that eight unit building in 2011 for only $300,000 and it’s now a gorgeous property! I helped the now previous property owners at 36 Mozart Street, Jamaica Plain on Google Maps realize a gain of over 107% in only eight years; they bought the property for $370,000 in 2008 and I helped them sell if for $768,000 in 2014. The JPNC, in this instance, is being a bad neighbor.