The operators need to take care of ourselves. "Just Say NO!" Don't do one thing that is not required in the license agreement. We have allowed them to do this to us hoping it will allow us to expand or to avoid being impacted by a new store going to another operator. It is time to stop. They need to get the message loud and clear. If we allow it they will continue to abuse us. Don't rely on operator leadership. Do it yourself. Take items off the dollar menu and raise the price, stop all reinvestment unless it is your best interests. Regardless, of what they say or want get your debt manageable and make money for yourself. This doesn't mean you have to be confrontational just explain that you are not in a position to borrow more money and that is your judgment to make not theirs. If we bend over and spread our cheeks they will continue to ram it to us. They simply don't care. Its not their name on all those financing agreements. Stop thinking this is the MCD of the past where the concept of the three legged stool was real. The three legged stool is now a myth. Take care of NUMBER ONE!!