For the first-years who don’t know, Cannon’s was a Columbia bar at 108th and Broadway. While the business hadn’t actually been called Cannon’s since 2004 (it turned into O’Connell’s, and then into Tara Hill), the venerated bar was a well-attended watering hole since the 1930’s. Last June, Cannon’s announced that it would be shutting its doors, much to the dismay of many a social drinker. But one thing we won’t miss about Cannon’s was how much stuff went mysteriously missing there.
The bar had a knack for taking people’s coats and hiding them away in that same abyss where all of your sharp pencils go. Records of coats disappearing at Cannon’s go back to Spring 2011, and reports of jacket theft and loss went on until the bar’s closing. Spring 2015 was a particularly disastrous semester for North Faces and Canada Gooses – the Class of 2018 Facebook group alone reported 22 instances of loss or theft at Cannon’s. And this brings up the question: just how much stuff did Columbia students lose at Cannon’s?
Using this data from the Class of 2018, we decided to make a back of the envelope calculation for how many dollars worth of clothing and accessories vanished at 108th Street. While this article will make no claim as to whether or not Cannon’s was simply a front for reselling Canada Goose jackets, it will make several assumptions.
Now, we examined each report from the first-years of Fall 2015 and estimated the dollar value of items lost.
The total dollar value of lost goods, by our rough estimations, was $3,890 by the first-years in that one semester, or about 250 pitchers of beer. This comes out to $9,725 lost by the whole undergraduate population in that semester to Cannon’s. An average semester, by our assumptions, would then be a loss of $6,483. We must, however, multiply these numbers by 4/3 to account for some number of unreported losses. When we crunch everything together, we estimate that Columbia undergraduates have lost $108,000 to Cannon’s since Fall 2011. Here’s hoping we leave much fewer jackets behind at the new dry hot pot restaurant taking Cannon’s place.
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