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May 8, 2007

my addiction

I know why I'm addicted. I'm a people person!

I can't help it, I love Starbucks. I like the local yeah, me too shop almost as much but I'm definitely hooked on Starbucks. I like the bold varieties of coffee served fresh and always piping hot. But, even though I'm kind of a scientist (or at least I used to be) and work mostly in solitary mode, I like Starbucks because no matter which franchise I visit, the people working seem ... happy. Is it a big cover-up? Are they beaten during their interviews to appear happy or they won't get the job?

Buy coffee from McDonald's or Tim Horton's and you'll receive coffee from someone you know despises their occupation. Buy from Starbucks and you'd think the "barristas" are all stinking rich and just working to pass time and talk to people. Whatever the reason, it works. At least on me. A daily stop for a short regular or decaf (you know the size short is not on the menu, it's for the in crowd) is part of my routine that is, unfortunately, the highlight of my 9-5.

I've always found occupations of any kind fascinating and Starbucks seems to have an enormously successful formula. I can't figure it out.


Anonymous said...

I completely agree. I used to go to Starbucks just because they acknowledged having seen me at least once before. I could go into Dunkin donuts a dozen times in as many days, and I'd still be greeted by the same person who waited on me every day with a blank stare. At least at Starbucks they make you feel special. I do love that! :)

Anonymous said...

You did not just diss Tim Horton's! Them's fightin' words!

Dave said...

Oops, is it the Canadian thing? Sorry. Maybe the Canadian Tim Horton's employees are happier, but the one's here trudge like their in a coma.

Anonymous said...

Nah, they're no happier, but the cult of Timmy's exists nonetheless.

I used to live behind a Tim Horton's that was a biker gang hangout, if you can picture that...