Code Red

To the owners and vendors of Circle K, 8702 E. Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ

I am a long-, long-, LONG-TIME customer of your store.

I’m talking decades. Since I was walking home from Sahuaro High School in the late 1980s.

For about 30 years, I have been coming to your store. Buying soda.

For about 17 years, since the release of Mountain Dew: Code Red, it’s been almost the ONLY thing I’ve bought at your store.

I don’t drive, so I don’t buy gas. I don’t use tobacco and I don’t drink coffee. I don’t buy lottery tickets because I took math classes and I’m not a moron.

I’m now finding out you’re removing the slot for Mountain Dew: Code Red in your fridge display.

I’m now finding out your Pepsi vendor has ceased supplying Mountain Dew: Code Red.

This is not acceptable.

If I were to calculate, I buy one soda every day at least. Let’s call it 350 days a year, conservatively. When you STOCK the one-liters (sometimes you fail, here), I buy them at $1.99 each, and I usually don’t take advantage of the deal to buy two. You’re getting SOOO MUCH MONEY from me.

That’s about $700. $696.50 in fact. Per year.

Not counting the times when I might buy two.

Not counting the times when I might buy a candy bar or chips or your MEGA-priced ice cream.

About $700 that the QT at Broadway or the QuikMart a bit up Speedway will now be getting from me.

Per year.

I just defeated cancer this year. I walk daily as part of my cancer recovery. I just created my own small business, and I work from home.

Walking to your Circle K is, at times, the only time I really leave the house.

I love spending my hard-earned money at your store, and I LOVE seeing the shining faces of ALL of your cashiers. I feel like I know them all, and EVERY SINGLE ONE is VERY nice to me, day in, day out.

If you stop carrying my Red Mountain Dew… you’re losing a lot.

I checked with the manufacturer. The product is not going away.



Sebastian Kunz

(this letter will post to Facebook, Yelp and Google as well, and paper copies will be brought to your cashiers daily until I receive a reply.)