Monday, January 09, 2006

Don't pull the thang out, unless you plan to bang...

So there's this thing called "The Starbucks Challenge" where people go in and see if they really will brew you fair trade coffee. Which, okay, if you want to hold the corporate behemoth accountable, cool, but I don't really care for Starbucks and there's no way in hell I'm going to the Waffle House and being all "is this coffee fair trade?" cause those waitresses will cut you. Also, I'm an evil and heartless capitalist so whatever. Anyway, what I wanted to know is what happens if you go in one and they won't brew it for you or they don't have it? Apparently a San Francisco location isn't living up to the challenge and is finding out. Get some ELF!


Blogger breadchick said...

Todd, I would love to see the reaction of the waitress behind the counter at Waffle House's face when you ask if it is Fair Trade. When I was "roadie" for a few years in the 80s I loved it when our tour took us south and I could sit at the counter at a Waffle House at 3am after loadout and munch on really greasy food.

I appreciate your comments about the Starbucks Challenge and respect your position (MBH and you are cut from the same cloth). The Starbucks Challenge came about basically because Starbucks claims in their marketing that "you can get Fair Trade any time you want, just ask." I have no problems with corporations making money and no problem with Capitalism at all and wouldn't want to have another system of economics. The problem is when corporations SAY they are practicing one thing and then don't thus deceiving the public. Then, they deserve to be called to the carpet.

OH, and I have a huge problem with folks like those over the top people who put metal in trees so loggers get hurt, place bombs in places of businesses and hurt patrons and the guy just trying to pay his rent, and those loonies who rampage down the street during WTO events. That is just plain not helping the position and hurting everyone who works to bring change in a civilized manner.

Great discussion.

5:37 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

So I'm a former barista (oh, the shame keeps coming) and I'm having this rather in depth ongoing conversation with LAGreenGirl about her Challenge and it's been fairly interesting.
Mostly I say more power to her. At least she not only believes in something but also has the balls to follow up on it, instead of just bitching about it.
I definitely respect that.

6:09 AM  
Blogger breadchick said...

To quote one of the cheesiest lines from one of the cheesiest but fun movies of all time (Top Gun): "So you're the one". (hey, Todd, just trying to keep on topic here with a movie plug).

I have followed your discussion. You have good points as well. You are right, Nicole about when someone follows through in a decent human being manner (not like those sick pscychos who bomb things, and destroy disrupt) then you have to respect the position.

Thanks Todd for sharing the comment space!

7:51 AM  
Blogger Todd Jones said...

i didn't really mean to spark debate or anything, mostly i just thought it was amusing that the day after i read about the starbucks challenge i read about someone putting a bomb in one. also, i just wanted to type "get some ELF!"

8:01 AM  
Blogger Chapel Hillbilly said...

I just love to go into Starbucks and ask for the "generic" coffee because I heard it's cheaper. They are so caught off guard that they don't know what to do.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Todd Jones said...

i wish i had known you could get generic coffee. the only time i ever get coffee from starbucks is if someone (usually chris jones) drags me in there, and then i always get whatever the house brew whatever is that day.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I don't drink coffee. The only thing I ever get (got?) there was the caramel apple cider, which literally makes me drool. like a puppy. Keep me away from Marcus Vick.

11:52 AM  

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