Earlier this summer, Eater reported on a twitter account, @KemCoBaLine, that followed the literal twists and turns of the lineup at the Mile End ice cream shop, Kem CoBa. Notorious for gathering some pretty serious crowds on a daily basis, the shop's devoted fans could follow the feed to see what the line situation was like before they ventured out for those artisanal scoops.
With a fair amount of media attention and an impending interview in a national publication, Eater got a chance to speak with the person behind the hilarious (and actually quite useful) account on the condition of anonymity.
there are 42 people in Line.— Kem CoBa Line (@KemCobaLine) August 9, 2015
What made you want to create this twitter account?
KCL: I was a little bit drunk at Lawrence on St-Jean-Baptiste because I had the day off work and noticed the long line outside Kem CoBa. I actually wanted to do this for a long time because I live nearby, but I wanted it to be an app. Because I don't have any money, this was the next best thing. So that was the catalyst.
Do you ever go to Kem CoBa?
KCL: No, I don't even like ice cream.
there are 25 people in line according to Kalli.— Kem CoBa Line (@KemCobaLine) August 7, 2015
How do you keep up with the demands of following the line?
I have a pretty solid network of people who tell me about the line so I don't have to sit on my balcony all day, although I do enjoy sitting on my balcony with a bottle of wine. I don't really think Kem CoBa knows I exist.
How many followers do you have so far?
KCL: I don't know, like 400? There's a lot French journalists and politicians. They really seem to love me, or maybe it's just the ice cream.
there are 18 people lined up the wrong way.— Kem CoBa Line (@KemCobaLine) August 4, 2015
So how much time do you actually spend on this?
KCL: Not that much, to be honest. A lot of people send me photos of the line so that helps. I know what everyone is thinking and they're wrong! I am currently fully (but not gainfully) employed.
Do you work in the restaurant industry?
KCL: I might.
there are 62 people in line. pic.twitter.com/CFVOcN6vMn— Kem CoBa Line (@KemCobaLine) July 29, 2015
Any other hints to your identity?
KCL: 5 foot 4, very average looking.