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11 March 2010 @ 04:45 pm
Stories like this one (link to a Customers_Suck post) make me feel much less guilty about ordering "a large decaf with room for cream, please" at coffee shops.

(I have had people -- not baristas, but random people -- tell me that if all I'm getting is plain decaf, I shouldn't bother going to a coffee shop. Which is all well and good, but if I'm at the bookstore and waiting for Dale, for example, I want to get something to drink while I read the book I bought. And I like the taste of coffee. Others' mileage varies.) (These people are probably related to the woman I posted about several years ago, who gave me grief about ordering meatloaf at a restaurant because it's so easy to make at home. Yes, it is, but when I saw meatloaf on the menu, my tastebuds said "That. Now.".)
Buddha Buckblaisepascal on March 11th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Large decaf is on the menu. Meatloaf is on the menu. If they didn't want to sell it, they wouldn't have offered it.

Whether or not a large decaf with room for cream (please) from Starbucks is worth it is a different question, and perhaps you might want to feel guilty about paying so much for coffee, but you shouldn't feel guilty about it being unworthy of the store.
Dr. Ben Mack: Prominent User of the Internetepi_lj on March 11th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
The way I figure it, if she likes the coffee and finds it worth the price to her, then it's worth it.

Why would someone want to feel guilty about buying something they enjoy for a price they find to be worthwhile? Aren't there enough other things in the world to think about than getting all angsty over something as ridiculous as buying yourself a beverage you like for a price that seems reasonable for it?

(Note that this isn't written from Starbucks defensiveness -- I personally don't like Starbucks. But I just don't get this position.)
Buddha Buckblaisepascal on March 12th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
I refuse to buy overpriced Starbucks coffee. Whenever I need to eat at Starbucks, I drink the overpriced Starbucks iced tea.