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Subway also wants to tell you who to vote for in Costa Rica's presidential elections

The latest fear-mongering campaign against the leftist Broad Front Party involves Subway Costa Rica franchises. Over the weekend, Subway employees complained of emails that attempted to influence voters that allegedly were sent out by the restaurant’s management.

The Supreme Elections Tribunal’s (TSE) director of the electoral registry, Héctor Fernández, on Monday morning confirmed they had received three complaints against the popular sandwich shop. The complaints currently are under investigation. 

Last week, the TSE began investigating complaints against the Costa Rican arm of makeup company Avon. The tribunal ordered the beauty product makers to stop distributing propaganda after dozens of people complained of having received political fliers in the mail that  shunned the Broad Front Party and its presidential candidate, José María Villalta .

On Facebook, Subway’s Costa Rica page experienced a backlash as angry customers threatened to boycott the eatery.

Subway Costa Rica General Manager Isidro Perera’s leaked message – republished by dozens of Facebook profiles – severely criticizes the Broad Front Party and asks employees not to vote for Villalta.

“We feel an obligation to share our concern about the growth in support for the Broad Front Party. We feel compelled to alert you of the consequences [a Broad Front government would bring] to the country and to companies like ours,” reads the email. The email added that a Broad Front Party government would bring “direct threats” to business, jobs and democracy.

The email accuses Villalta of trying to usher in a communist government that would be catastrophic for the private sector, “as it has been for Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Cuba and Nicaragua.”

Villalta repeatedly has denied the communist accusations or that he has any desire to mimic Latin America’s Bolivarian revolution. He says his party maintains a progressive platform based on the ideals supported by decades of Costa Rican politics. In a debate last Sunday night, Villalta asked why his critics focused on countries like Cuba and Venezuela, when other Latin American countries like Brazil and Uruguay also have left-leaning administrations.

Subway Costa Rica spokeswoman Natalia Castro acknowledged the sending of the email in a written response Monday evening.

Regarding the message sent last Friday, January 10 to our employees, we would like to state that there was a misuse of a company’s email account to express a personal opinion, and this is not the official position of Subway Costa Rica, and it does not represent the way we think. … We have notified all our staff that this is inappropriate.”

Subway Costa Rica responded to customer complaints via Twitter.

The tweets (see below; in Spanish) stated “Subway Costa Rica respects the right of Costa Ricans to freely elect their government, and we trust the transparency and maturity of the Costa Rican electoral process. As a company, we are committed to complying with all guidelines issued by the Supreme Elections Tribunal regarding our employees’ rights. We regret any misunderstandings that have arisen in this regard.”

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While I dont believe a sandwich company should make political statements about a countries elections, I understand why they did it. They are scared and everyone else should be too.

Go to Frente Amplio’s website and read Villatas government plan.

Things like
all foreign property holdings should be strictly limited

property seizures if the land is not used for what the government deems best use. (essentially erasing all CR recent attempts to better secure property rights( I.E ley de regularicacion de registro y catastro)

all the ills of Costa Rica are placed on the back of private enterprise and no blame given to large, never ending governmental regulations, in fact Villalta wants to make the government bigger and more intrusive.

according to Villalta all woes can be cured by raising taxes on everyone to redistribute to the poor ( this means taxes that are confiscatory in nature.)

Villata is riding a populist wave promising the moon, saying that his model of socialism will be a unique Costa Rican “model” but never says how this model will differ to other failed socialist regimes.

What Villalta will be if elected is a disaster, not only the poor and most vulnerable, but for everyone else in Costa Rica .

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Truth Talker

Don you don´t get it. True freedom corporation do not have the right to tell the people how to think or do during a election. Don please see the light of Costa Rica and not the rich that control the poor.

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What is the uproar over some company telling people a message? The free people of Costa Rica will vote for whomever they please and not because of what some company tells them in a message. Just as long as there is no one being torched to vote for someone with their jobs or livelihood then no big deal.

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My Conversation With a PLN Surporter

ME asking Why do you Like Johnny Araya?

PLN says Johnny is really rich and like rich in Costa Rica.

ME asking PLN have coruption is that okay?

PLN says Coruption is okay because Costa Rican are passive and don´t get mad so we can steal from them.

ME asking The road and Caja are falling apart should we fix them?

PLN Says No we only help are friends the rich not the poor or middle class.

Me asking Does the PLN have a plan?

PLN say no not really we say one thing during election and do nothing when we get in power.

Me asking Why do you hate poor?

PLN say poor are there to pick coffee.

Me asking Who owns Costa Rica?

PLN say the rich family that help PLN

The truth about the PLN

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Scary that they have to do this type of scare tactics. I love subway but will stop eating there. Vote who you want. Can anyone tell me who owns Subway in Costa Rica? I will call and give my subway card back.

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Colin Brownlee

I thought you might find this amusing; sorry, but my Spanish is not fluent enough.

My conversation with a Diehard Villalta Supporter

Me; What is your biggest complaint with the current government?

VS; Corruption.

ME; How much money did you make last month? ( he knows I know because he is a subcontractor)

VS; Approx $2000

ME; How much did you report and pay to CajA?

VS; I pay the voluntariio amount.

ME; Of course you do… So what u are telling me is you don’t report your $2000. ?

VS; No, I am allowed to just pay the minimum.

ME; Well, I am in business and according to your registration with Hacienda, you are too and I do not have option of paying my employees the minimum amount you pay. Oh and while we are on that subject, how much to you report to hacienda?

VS; I don’t feel comfortable or obliged to discuss my personal finances.

ME; No, I am sure you don’t. So, I will assume that given your example on how you approach your obligations to medical insurance, you feel the same way about the tax people.

VS; Look, you are a foreigner and you do not understand how Costa Ricans and our country works.

ME; Hmmmm…. Maybe it is you who do not understand? Because from where I sit, you are engaging in full scale corruption. I find it very odd, you clearly have no sense or responsibility for your views or actions and yet, the first thing that comes out of your mouth is that you have a big problem with government corruption.

VS; No answer… (Awkward silence)

ME; Listen, after almost 10 years here, what I can see is most local Costa Ricans are no different then you. The citizens are engaging in their own personal corruption just as much as the government. Why would you expect to have a squeaky clean government?

VS; I don’t want to discuss this anymore.

ME; I am sure you don’t.

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I suppose if I were in the opposition I would call Villalta and Frente Amplio communists too–scare tactics can win elections–but it’s all rather pathetic. Plus, suppose by some “communist” miracle a Frente Amplio victory would result in foreign capitalistic companies like Subway being run out of the country. People would still eat lunch and a Tico might start a sub shop (keeping the profits and thus the investment capital at home). Really, even worst case scenario is good for Costa Rica. Except for appreciating that some people don’t like left, I honestly don’t understand what the hubbub is all about. Yeah, the guy and the party are left–you don’t even have to read the fine print to know this since it’s up front–and if you don’t like left, don’t vote for them, but do we really need to resort to the communist charge?

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We know that finally the CR people are waking up to common sense and plurality of thinking. Everyone is looking out for their interest as they should. The only decision to make is your own at the voting booth and only you make that choice. The fact that all ticos are alarmed at some national private firms telling their employees about the election is a red herring. Again at the end only individual votes count not Subway nor Avon. What is real is that a vote for the progressive party will eventually reduce employment and yes those jobs will go away, and yes it will be replaced by government social distribution of wealth in the form of transfer payments and handouts.
Then only choice is Guevara the other two are more of the same and a dangerous populist that will destroy this great country.

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Daniel Volz

So sorry for all the typos…nerds and all

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Daniel Volz

Avon,Subway……International Corporations scared of loss of excessive profits? Greed can be so powerful …. Greed over quality of life for all nerds to be the motivation for any government. PlSubwayease di not confuse form of government with form of economics. Social Democrats in Costa Rica? Good luck and stay calm.It appears a lit of scare tactics are being used…..i.e. Avon,Subway.

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