Burlap Sack: Tim Hortons on campus running out of Timbits

The University of Alberta might be the only place where you can find a Tim Hortons that runs out of Timbits at 1:00 p.m.

This scene might be familiar to you. Needing your Timbits fix (hey, they’re great for sharing in the newsroom) you stand in the enormous line-up at the Tim Hortons kiosk in CAB, waiting so long you’d think old age would catch up to you faster than you getting to the cashier. The thought of giving up and walking away pops up several times, but you dismiss it. You tell yourself the wait is worth it because of those sweet, sweet Timbits.

And when you finally do get to the end of the line, you learn that all your waiting has been in vain because the kiosk has in fact run out of what is probably their most famous product. Twenty minutes of waiting that you will never get back. Ever. You’ve just wasted your life for no reward.

This probably happened to me two to three times throughout 2018. And just recently when I asked a friend to get some Timbits for my first volunteer meeting of the new year, my heart sank when I got his text telling me that once again, the kiosk in CAB ran out of them. All I wanted to do was reward my hard-working volunteers for their hard work, but instead I had to tell them that I couldn’t do that — because I had no reward to give.

How many other students have wasted their precious time wasting away in that lineup, only to be told that the thing they wanted is not available after they’ve stood in line for God knows how long? I’m probably not the only one who’s made that painful sacrifice… only to get a healthy dose of bitter disappointment in return.

Is a 20-pack box of Timbits after 1:00 p.m. too much to expect? Somedays I guess it just is.

Nathan Fung

Nathan Fung is a sixth-year political science student and The Gateway's news editor for the 2018-19 year. He can usually be found in the Gateway office, turning coffee into copy.

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