McNeil has been a Tim Hortons fan since the coffee pots were plugged in, in the area.
He goes three times each day — in the morning to the Reserve Mines location on the way to work, at 2 p.m. at the Sydney-Glace Bay Highway location and in the evening at the Dominion shop.
“It is more than three cups a day when roll-up season starts — usually five or six.”
McNeil and his wife are both employed with the cleaning staff at Cape Breton University.
“If there isn’t a Tim Hortons around where I am, then I don’t drink coffee. It is Tim Hortons or nothing.”
McNeil takes milk in his coffee, but doesn’t have to tell the staff.
“The girls at the Reserve Mines Tim Hortons know. They only ask if it is one or two drinks as my wife doesn’t drink coffee but sometimes gets a tea.”
He has never won anything big in Role Up the Rim ... yet.
“I get all excited if I win a coffee. That is what I shoot for.”
Wanda said their decorating has caught attention.
“Some of the neighbours have called and asked what I was doing.”
What will they do when Roll Up the Rim season is over?
“Well then I will decorate for Easter,” she said.
Rob Bursey, a manager with Tim Hortons of Wilson Investment Ltd., said McNeil is their biggest Roll Up the Rim fan to date. He said they’ve seen children dressed up as Tim Hortons’ cups for Halloween and heard of people stringing cups on their Christmas tree.
“ This, though, sounds like our most devoted customer.”