It’s far from a full-fledged food fight, but the first banana may have been flung across the proverbial food court.
MRU has been buzzing over a CBC story on Sodexo-affiliated Tim Hortons’ refusal to accept gift cards. In the story, which broke on Jan. 25, Meghan Melnyk, students’ association VP external, was indirectly quoted as having said the issue “has been a frustrating problem for students at the school for many years.”
Brent Mann, Sodexo account general manager at Mount Royal, said he wondered why nothing was said about the Students’ Association-owned Wyckham House’s policy on accepting gift cards.
“I found it to be a little bit of a conflict of interest to tell you the truth, in that (the story) was coming from the Students’ Association,” Mann said.
Mann also said he wished someone would’ve contacted him before the story printed and aired on the radio.
“I’m the GM here and I didn’t hear a word about it until I heard it on CBC at 7 a.m. that day,” he said. “I am probably the most accessible person in this entire university.”
In a recent message to The Reflector, Meghan Melnyk said the incident says something about how Sodexo operates.
“Gift cards and Interac access are issues students have been asking (about) for years,” Melnyk said. “Sometimes it takes a bit more pressure from the media to make the company react because they have a contract (with MRU) until 2015 and they don’t really have to do anything outside their contract.”