My hatred for Starbucks has nothing to do with being a corporation. I love corporations. They have worked hard before they were corporations to get where they were. Some hippies will get all up in your face and say that Starbucks is bad for the "mom and pop" coffee shops. That's a silly socialist argument because Starbucks at one point was one of those coffee shops that just happen to find success. Quit trying to punish success.
Ok, but here's why I do hate Starbucks...
Starbucks employees have the nerve to stick a tip jar on the counter, and even at the drive thru. Your one job is to mix stuff in coffee and give it to me, and then of course maintain a store. Millions of people work in mundane jobs like this everyday and Starbucks' employees for some reason complain about it more than I've ever seen. I'm convinced that Wendy's employees work harder. I read a blog from a Starbucks employee who says that we should tip him because, check this out...
we also do customers favors quite often (not charging for refills, not kicking you out when we are supposed to, letting people bring their pets in, etc).Can you believe that? We tip you so that you'll make better drinks for us? No, I don't think so. Starbucks charges us 4 bucks for a cup of coffee, and then they take their revenues and use that to pay employees who then get the product in my hands. As long as employees are making at least minimum wage then I feel no obligation to give you a penny. If it's too hard making coffee then maybe you should find new employment. You aren't exactly performing brain surgery.
Tipping makes us love you, and when we love you we make better drinks for you, give them to you faster, etc.
I am a church janitor. It's a pretty thankless job. I perform a service for a church that not a lot of people would find very pleasant. I am under no dillusions about what I do, it's mundane work that pretty much anyone can perform with very little skill, but someone has to do it. Can you imagine if I mopped a bathroom and then walked around with a jar asking for tips? What if I carried some boxes out to an elderly lady's car for her...Would I then stick my hand out for an tip because "I did her a favor"? No I get paid to do a job. If I go above the call of duty, I do it because it's a nice thing to do. My reward is seeing people happy, and maybe even showing my employer that I can go further than what he asks.
That's the main reason I can't stand the place. I'd have to say I don't absolutely hate Starbucks. I know that maybe not all the employees are keen on the tip jar, so It'd be wrong for me to hate the employees..So instead I'll just dis the whole company for allowing the tip jars in the first place.
There are two other reasons I can't stand Starbucks...
* Their cup size system is obnoxious and annoying. I refuse to call a large a "venti" just because Starbucks puts that on their menu..It's silly and it adds to the elitist attitude that is floating around every Starbucks I've ever been in.
* The place is filled with hippies, metrosexuals, and, twixters. It's an environment that I neither understand or feel comfortable in.
But those two reasons are another post for another day.
And that's my anti-Starbucks post. Pick it apart starting.........now.