Cafe Amazon Thailand helps disabled staff 


Yimsoo Cafe is a business with a good cause that offers employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Thailand. The owner had recently announced that a branch at Thammasat University would be closing soon and was going to be replaced by another coffee shop. 

However, the cafe and staff were pleasantly surprised by Cafe Amazon’s managing team, who swooped in to save Yimsoo Cafe. 


Lost business opportunities but saved livelihoods 


Yimsoo Cafe is a coffee shop located at the Faculty of Law of Thammasat University where most of its staff are people with disabilities. 

Amazon Cafe saves disabled staff

Image credit: Wiriya Namsiripongpun

On 2nd October 2020, Mr. Wiriya Namsiripongpun, the founder of the cafe, posted on Facebook saying that the cafe would be closing soon as the university offered the concession to another coffee shop. 

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Translation: I am sorry to announce that Yimsoo Cafe will be closed soon as the university gave the right to operate a business to another coffee shop. Our last day will be 24th November 2020. Please share this information to help us save our workers with disabilities. 

After that, on 3rd October 2020, the official Facebook page of Cafe Amazon posted a statement relating to Yimsoo Cafe’s shutdown. 

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Translation: The statement to clarify the concession business with Thammasat University. 

In the announcement, Cafe Amazon shared that it decided to propose their business plans to the university after knowing that the university had opened a space for a new business agreement this year. 

The company didn’t know about the closedown of Yimsoo Cafe and had recognized the problem when the story of Yimsoo Cafe went viral.   

Cafe Amazon also added that the university didn’t inform them about the concession, but the company realised the importance of Yimsoo Cafe. So, the company decided to drop plans of opening a new branch in the area, which would allow the disabled staff to continue working. 


Netizens praised the company’s selflessness


Thai netizens were impressed with the decision that the company made and said that they will support Cafe Amazon too. 

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Translation: Businesses are connected with competition for sure. But saving a branch for people with disabilities will never make the company bankrupt. Thank you for the opportunities for disabled people. 

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Translation: I always make a cup of coffee by myself, but I will visit Cafe Amazon to buy some after seeing this announcement.  

However, other people expressed their opinions that Cafe Amazon was just scared to be involved with conflict and drama on social media. 

Nevertheless, what the company did result in positivity and helped workers with disabilities, no matter what their true intentions behind the decision may be. 

Amazon Cafe saves disabled staff

Image credit: Yimsoo Cafe ยิ้มสู้คาเฟ่

With their limitations, it’s hard for people with disabilities to seek jobs. So, it is important for society to help save and support businesses that provide opportunities for disabled folk. 

Thank you for your kindness, Cafe Amazon. 

Amazon Cafe saves disabled staff

Image credit: Yimsoo Cafe ยิ้มสู้คาเฟ่

Besides from supporting Cafe Amazon, you can spread positivity by purchasing food and drinks at Yimsoo Cafe too. 

Yimsoo Cafe 
Address: Soi Arun Amarin 39, Arun Amarin Rd., Bangkok Noi, Bangkok 10700.
Opening Hours: 8AM-6PM, Daily
Nearest Train Station: Bang Khun Non MRT
Telephone: +66 2 055 1902
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Featured image adapted from: Yimsoo Cafe ยิ้มสู้คาเฟ่

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