Stubbornness pays off for coffee-serving man and his mule


BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man and his mule who serve coffee to hikers and bikers in remote areas of the popular Boise foothills trails have sidestepped federal regulatory rules by getting permission from three private landowners.

The Idaho Statesman reports in a story Thursday that Matt Bishop and his mule, Richard, received permission from the landowners who provide easements for the Ridge to Rivers trail system.

The deal means Bishop can accept tips and donations and there’s no limit on how many beverages he can serve.

Bishop began serving coffee in May but the U.S. Forest Service denied his request for a permit, limiting him to no more than 75 coffee servings.

Bishop and Richard are currently taking a break but plan to be back on the trails July 30.

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