On Nov. 27, 2006, Bhupinder Baber, a former Quiznos franchisee, entered a Quiznos restaurant and committed suicide. Before his death, Mr. Baber had struggled to win a civil lawsuit against Quiznos for false representation. The following are excerpts from Mr. Baber’s suicide note:
"I have struggled hard and did the best I could to create a voice for the
franchisees in the system and to create a “support system” for the franchisees,
which does not exist, and to fight the injustices of this franchise system. Not to
bring the system down, but only to make it fair…
….How can a common individual like me and those like me in similar
circumstances, there are thousands, with limited resources get justice? I believe
there will be justice. But it will be too late for me…
….The IFA (International Franchise Association) is the umbrella entity that,
along with individual Franchisors, has enough money and power to buy the
legislation that protects the Franchisor, and exploits the Franchisee. Fair and just
legislation, that would level the playing field, never sees the light of day…”
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We empower franchisees in their dealings with franchisors and lawmakers by providing a united voice for franchisees beyond their respective brand consultation process.
Frana and its members advocate fair policy, reasonable regulation and equitable relationships to ensure the sustainability of franchising in the USA, Canada and Mexico.