Internal Assessment Anthropology Observation

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Observation Report on Tim Horton’s

Bilal Negash
Ms. Kilbourn
October 13, 2010
Internal Assessment – Tim Hortons

The following observations have been reported due to findings I have noticed in Tim Hortons that deal with different ethnicities of people and their behaviours. They should not be used to judge the following cultures, but to simply observe their behaviours in comparison with other ethnicities.

Tables with three or more friends
These tables are racially discriminated because I see the same ethnicities of people sitting together with one another, ignoring what other races say, such as African, Asian and Caucasian. There is little communication between different ethnicities since they usually speak in their own language. Ethnicities with more than 5 people sitting in a table tend to speak more loudly than groups of people with 2 – 3 people. For example: A group of 6 Somali people spoke loudly and can be heard across the restaurant, while speaking in their national language. Some of these Somali people wear Islamic headwear such as the Kofia, probably going or returning to a Mosque. Furthermore, it seems as if males and females are being segregated from one another when they are sitting in large groups of people, unless they are in a family because it seems they prefer to be with their own gender.

Tables with Families
Families go to Tim Hortons as a way to spend time and socialize with one another, while enjoying the food and drinks. Families spend time with one another through playing games with their children such as Tic-Tac-Toe and socializing. A common resemblance noticed in families with children, is that they usually purchase snacks such as donuts or muffins for their kids. Although, there are some differences in families such as one particular family of Caucasian decent leaving their garbage behind, while many other Caucasian families clean their tables showing differences in a similar race.

Tables with one person
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