Foundation for disabled people laments loss of Yimsoo Cafe concession in Thammasat campus
The Yimsoo Café branch at Thammasat University will shut down in November, as the university has granted the concession to another big café brand, Wiriya Namsiripongpun, president of Universal Foundation for Persons with Disabilities, said via his Facebook page on Friday.
Yimsoo Café outlets are run by disabled staff. The first branch opened in 2016 at the foundation.
Wiriya said that the café branch at Thammasat University's Tha Phra Chan campus in Bangkok will close from November 10, since the university has granted a concession to another café brand. He said staff would have to be laid off.
Wiriya said that his efforts to create a working channel for disabled people was lost to a big and wealthy brand.
He also added that Yimsoo Café must pay the rent for 30 days, despite the café being closed from November 10. And if the staff do not sell coffee in the days after November 10, Yimsoo Café will be fined at Bt500 a day.