Efes, the local fast food outlet situated on Heslington Road, has been banned from making deliveries on campus by YUSU and University Security.
Although the ban came into force last October, many students were only informed recently. Students receiving Derwent college notices by email were told “You should not order meals to be delivered here (the university) by Efes, they are not allowed on campus. If they do come on campus, they will be treated as trespassers and will be ejected by the Security department. If you want to order a pizza, there are leaflets in Derwent Reception denoting who is eligible to deliver on campus”
Sam Bayley, YUSU Societies and Communications Officer, said “it wasn’t necessary to inform the whole student body at that time – the matter was one between the University and the company. However, Efes have contravened their ban to flyer on campus on several occasions since, so it was decided to ask for the assistance of the college chairs and societies in policing the ban and reporting contraventions to University Security.”
Nouse obtained a copy of the letter sent to Efes, dated October 16. “We will not tolerate take away companies coming onto campus to distribute their own menus…as a result; Efes Pizza will no longer be invited to use our menu distribution service. Your staff will be regarded as trespassing on University property if caught. This ban takes immediate effect,” it stated. A follow-up letter, dated October 23, warned Efes that: “the University of York will take steps to remove from our premises as you are illegally trespassing.”
Mr Efe was adamant that he himself had been approached by students, stating that “There were two students come in from Alcuin, the said they wanted to make Efes flyers for their kitchen to advertise a bar quiz. The woman from YUSU, she say “you can’t put leaflets in house [referring to the Alcuin block], here is your cheque back, you can’t put leaflets on campus anymore.[sic]””
When asked how much takeaways to campus account for, it transpires that they are only 5% of his total earnings. “At Efes we look after students, I have been here 12 years, and it is in my heart to look after student. If someone comes in here with no money, I will say “Don’t worry, eat! Pay next time! [sic]””
“Students walk home from town, they pass Gold-digger, Salt and Pepper, Micklegate, Ali G’s, and they come in here. Why? For friendly service. When new freshers come in, 2nd years will tell them “go to Efes, he is my friend” so even without leaflets it spreads through word of mouth. 90% of students say Efes is #1 pizza place for students. [sic]”
Sue Johnston, head of Campus Services, said that the university had “real concerns” about Efes leaflets. “Students being their only business is incorrect and there are many businesses similar in York who fully respect our protocols for the campus.”
The University Press Office declined to comment .