An American eating Domino’s Pizza in Greece

September 20th, 2009 by | Country: Greece | 1 Comment »

Vivie said to me, “We’re going to have Domino’s Pizza at a friend’s tonight for dinner.”

“I think I’m going to tweet tonight, ‘An AMERICAN is eating Domino’s Pizza in Greece!’”

“Huh?!” Vivie looked completely perplexed.

“Domino’s Pizza is an AMERICAN pizza!” I said.

“I didn’t know that!”

I was certainly complaining about having to eat an American mega-corporation pizza in a foreign country where I should be eating the pizza produced by the business people who are native of that foreign country or any food that is not found in the US, as I can eat Domino’s in my own backyard anytime.  Isn’t that what traveling is about?!  Trying new food?!

As Vivie and I were talking, she said that many small pizza business places are going out of business in Greece because of the mega pizza companies such as Domino’s.  This is seriously a scary thought!  One of the reasons that I love Europe is that there is normally a bounty of non-chain commercial places where I can purchase unique products, products made at the store, and/or have a personal relationship with the staff.  I really hope that Europe does not follow the US’ path where big, mega corporations are creating problems in American society.  For instance, I read a very interesting article in NY Times about how Amazon is affecting society.  One man who owns a small business is already struggling because “it is Amazon that has helped depress profit margins and snagged sales for basics like silicone swim caps, undershirts and running shoes.”  He also stated that he had to lay off a “quarter of his 75-member staff.”

Scary, huh?!

1 Comment

October 2, 2009 at 1:01 am

Rachel, hi. I just came across your blog via Travelogue. I’ve subscribed to your blog and I look forward to your posts. In regards to Amazon closing down stores, should we outlaw a business model that is more efficient and the public chooses to use? I guess Walmart falls in that catagory. I’m a one man business (Heating/AC) but I find it makes me more nimble than the big guys.

Enjoy your travels, and God Bless, Michael

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