Ok, a new day has dawned on IHateStarbucks.com.
I no longer want to keep hacking the old, tired php on the site, so this is what I propose. These messages will remain up for all eternity. In addition, there is a new Guest book. So if you want to share your opinons, i.e. post to the site, go here. As always, if wish to rant or rave, send me an email:
|Date:||Mar 12 2007 10:14 AM|
|Starbucks is a hit or miss. It is a corporation, it is like every other company. The 'starbucks mom' below has some valid points, but you cannot judge an entire corporation on the actions of one store or district or region. I know from experience that my store does acknowledge sick leave and for extreme circumstances will let someone call in sick and the store manager will work 12-16 hour days unless he/she can get coverage.
Most of these posts are really situational and biased, which makes sense because they are coming from people who only know fractions of the truth.
You job is what you make it and if you actually know whats going on and the perks that Starbucks offers its employees (stock, savings, perkscard) you can make out like a bandit. I know someone who put a 10,000 dollar down payment on a house from cashing in their stock options after like 7 years of employment.
All your quams have a foundation and every employee or cup of joe isn't perfect but show me someplace that is please.
|Date:||Mar 12 2007 10:09 AM|
|over-rated lousy coffee that cost a bomb
|Date:||Mar 11 2007 09:46 PM|
|i like ramdriver\'s comment, that is so f*#@ing hysterical, there is always that retarded pervert in the corner who has had too much coffee, and he is pretending to be doing some kind of paperwork, but he is really just mental, and yeh, starbucks employees are always mad and annoyed, like \"oh my god, you\'re like coming in here for coffee?\"
|Date:||Mar 11 2007 09:46 PM|
|I can't blame most of you for hating Starbucks. I've been a starbucks employee for over two years and while it's been an excellent part-time job, I understand your frustration as a customer.
I refuse to have a drink from Starbucks unless I can make it myself. Poor bar habits are rampant these days and more often than not, customers are being served a sub-par product. When I start up on the bar, I almost always have to adjust the shot times and get rid of re-steamed or old milk. I try my hardest to not pre-steam pitchers of milk and make every drink to order; carefully aerating the milk, creating awesome foam and bringing out its natural sweetness, making sure the shots are added to the drink right after they're done pouring and adding milk directly afterwards to preserve its flavor, etc.
I've actually been criticized for this behavior by both co-workers and managers. Yeah, that's right, criticized for making good drinks for customers. Ridiculous...
|Date:||Mar 11 2007 09:52 AM|
|I live in Melbourne, Australia.
Melbourne is a city that is very serious about it's coffee.
There are literally hundreds of coffee shops here. Starbucks tried unsuccessfully to open in Melbourne a couple of times and has eventually succeeded after targeting areas near universities. It seems that the people who go there are mainly overseas students.
The coffee is truely horrible and noone I know would be caught dead going there. Thinking you are getting good coffee at Starbucks is like thinking you are getting a top quality meal at a good restaurant when you go to McDonalds.
I am amazed that cities like New York and London don't have other options when it comes to coffee!
|Date:||Mar 11 2007 09:50 AM|
|OK I take alot of milk in my tea...but never had a problem with that at a Starbucks in the past 3-4 years until now. Last week I drive up to the drive through and ask for a... "Venti hot black tea with 1/4 of the cup filled with non fat milk". The girl tells me to drive up to the window and then proceeds to ask me for $2.40....I tell her a Venti tea is usually $1.90 and I know this because i order it every morning! She explains that I ordered my tea with milk and this makes it a "Tea Miso" or whatever she called it and therefore it is $2.40. I reply, "So your charging for milk with my tea now? I can come into the store and order a Venti tea and then walk over to your little sugar and creamer cart area and put the milk I want in my tea for free and you trying to charge me for some special tea that I didnt order because I asked for milk in it?" She is obviously not happy with me now and says "well a tea with milk is a Tea Miso but i will only charge for the tea this time...but next time it will be $2.40" To which I reply, "No, it will be $1.90 because I didnt order this Tea Miso thing your giving me with this steamed foamy milk on top, I ordered a black tea!" So she takes the two dollars I am handing her and then....get this.....instead of giving me my dime back she reaches out the drive through window and puts the dime in their tip jar/cup thing!!!! What the....?!?!?!
I cant believe starbucks made up a special name for a tea with milk and decided to upcharge for it....stupid crappy coffee company. And for the dumb girl to not offer me my dime back? I know its just a dime but to just put it in their tip jar....are you kidding me!!!!!
|Name:||STARBUCK MOM 19523|
|Date:||Mar 10 2007 06:03 AM|
|I'm a Mom of a 22 year told employee of Starbucks. She works very very hard but keeps getting screwed by Starbucks. She tries and tries to work enough hours to get her health insurance, but Starbucks plays this game with her. They give her enough hours for 3 months, then she gets health insurance, they they cut her hours so she doesn't qualify. This goes on and on. The next thing that happens is she gets sick from working split shifts, closing at midnight and having to be up the next day to open. She goes to work sick because they are always so short handed, they can't get along without her. She is only allowed to be sick if she can find someone to work for her. How can someone call for someone to cover their shift then they are throwing up. She has gone to work several times so sick that she had to run to the back of the store and throw up. She got so sick that she had to take a medical leave. When she got back, Starbuck's penalized her, first by demoting her, and then screwing about and not getting her medical leave pay for her. They have never given it to her. Yes demoting her was illegal, but she is young and doesn\'t have time to get a lawyer and sue them. Starbuck\'s is completely cruel to their employees. Sure they give them free coffee, but hey, its a drop in the bucket for them. The don\'t even feel it.
My poor daughter would like her job if they weren\'t so purposely short handed, if Starbucks would not harrass their employee for illness, and if they didn\'t screw them over and over on the pay. Hmmmmmm, now NPR radio just had a story about Starbucks attempting to block one of the countries they get coffee from, by bullying thme into not being able to trademark their coffee. Starbucks is bad. They are probably one of the worse companies for exploitation of their own employees, the people they steal their beans from, and in general lack of scrupels. This Starbucks Mom will be very very glad when my daughter finishes school and gets a real job, with real benefits run by real people who care about other human beings. Starbucks is none of these things. Also, check it out a consumer group just finished a study on coffee taste tests and voted MacDonald's as number one ahead of Starbucks. H E L L O
P E O P L E start spending your money wisely. p.s. I'm not into McDonalds either, but if you're gonna buy coffee, there may be a place you can save a little money without sacraficing any taste, to the contrary. God Bless you all you hard working employees of Starbucks. Finish your college and get to hell out of there. A sympathetic Starbucks Mom.
|Date:||Mar 09 2007 03:38 AM|
|OK this is another one of the I hate starbucks posts but mine is a list (yeah real special).
1) Because it just tastes bad.
2) Because the workers seem angry to serve you.
3) Because they charge way to much.
4) Because every fourth customer has a Axis 2 personality disorder.
5) Because when you finally do get the drink the cup is half full.
6) Because every single table and chair wobbles (really I tried them all they all wobble).
7) Because they make an obsticle course out of next years doller store items, that have nothing to do with coffee, every holiday that impedes you from getting anywhere in the store without running into things.
8) Because the sales guy thinks its cute to try to constantly push there sugar cookies on you when all you asked for was coffee.
9) Because the guy in the corner has had so much coffee that he looks like he is break dancing although he is trying to sit still.
10) Finally because the coffee really does taste burnt. Yuck.
....I feel better now....
|Date:||Mar 09 2007 03:36 AM|
|Ok, I like the taste of coffee. Sometimes, though, it is nice to get the frou frou white mocha. I used to get a tall, double shot (Starbucks uses a single shot of espresso in their 12 oz.) white mocha with half the amount of white chocolate...because I want to taste the coffee. I get charged for the drink and the extra shot of espresso which totals just under $4 (for 12oz). Wouldn't you think since I am getting half of the white chocolate they should just throw the extra espresso in for free? I mean, come on. The only reason I even considered Starbucks was because it's consistent. And now I realize, it's consistantly BAD!! If I go to a chain, I much prefer Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. At least you can taste their coffee.
|Name:||concerned partner 20057|
|Date:||Mar 09 2007 03:35 AM|
|This response is to the post put on the site but Star Bucks you off on March 2nd. After a conversation that I had with my manager today and the fact she expressed concern about my ability to perform my job due to me being ill. It was suggested I consider stepping down from my position. Which to me appears to be discrimitation since if I do that I will not make the requirements to maintain my benefits. I have written a letter and had it notorized about the conversation and am saving it in case I need it to defend my position. Please be careful if you have a medical condition because you will be made to feel emotionally worse than you already do physically.
|Date:||Mar 09 2007 03:34 AM|
|I worked for Starbucks for almost 2 years. Alot of the posts that I read were talking about how their store is really bad, the managers, ASMs and the Shifts were really bad. Wow - I thought our store was the only one that was that terrible! I then thought those messages were about our store!
Just recently, I put my 2 weeks notice in. There is so much favoritism there, and it seems the only way to get ahead is to go out and party with the manager - no joke. After over a year, I got tired of busting my butt and not advancing, so I just worked like everyone else - like I didn't care. The other night was the boiling point, and I threw my hands up and said I was done.
Ever since I put my 2 weeks in, I literally felt like a HUGE weight had been lifted!
|Date:||Mar 08 2007 07:50 PM|
|Yup starbucks sucks all right. Fortunately they haven't made much headway in Australia yet. Too much competition from independants and other chains.
|Name:||Haydee G. 20025|
|Date:||Mar 08 2007 07:49 PM|
|Just one more reason not to like Starbucks. Do a search on Google for the following class action lawsuit in the works: Chou v. Starbucks
|Name:||Bianca Kight 19957|
|Date:||Mar 07 2007 02:53 PM|
|Actually I would just like to say that I am 15 years old and I am a student at a public high school. After finding out that my english class had to write an persuassive essay i decided to write one on the contrevercy of chain coffee shops and local coffee shops. For example Starbucks. I've been looking online for about a couple weeks for information on Starbucks. I decided to defend Starbucks.. but WAIT!!!!..it changes read on. And the reason I decided to do this was becuase I thought it would be easier to write about how good Starbucks and yada yaadda yaaaddaaa because i figured there would be more information on it. When I first say this website I was like, "Come on! These freaks! Whats there problem!". After doing weeks of research to write my paper I came back to this website and was 100% on you SIDE!! . But I still have an open mind about Starbucks but I must say that Starbucks is just another Walmart.
|Name:||bux slave 19937|
|Date:||Mar 07 2007 02:53 PM|
|this one is for all you fellow "partners"...you know who you are. one of our shifts got fired the other day for closing the store "too early." for some reason our DM thought we were punching out too early....(which alone doesn't make sense seeing as how that would cut costs), so she decided to conduct her own secret mission. We found out after the firing that she had been parking accross the street in a tinted van and spying on the store during our closes. unbelievable right. its actually against the law. the shift who got fired is now pressing charges against the company and sueing the DM.
|Name:||*$ employee (for now) 19988|
|Date:||Mar 07 2007 02:52 PM|
|I had worked for Starbucks for a few years, and I guess that because it was for another company and not directly for starbucks, I loved it! The other company paid well, I worked with awesome people that hated Starbucks as much as me but knew that we all needed a job because we were in college. When I transferred back home it took me forever to find a starbucks location near me and when I finally did I was excited to be back at a place that I knew. But I realized that working for starbucks was a huge let-down. My manager has no idea what she is doing and she will schedule me when I have class constantly. When she does this or when I am sick and need to call in, it is impossible. No one that I work with will switch shifts because they are all uptight snobs. One of them graduated from an Ivy league school and acts like I shouldn't even be allowed to work in the same place. If you have a degree why the heck do you work there in the first place?? And when I have to call in for school or sick days my manager tries to make me feel bad because she can't come in and cover my shift but it's not my fault or my problem! She should hire more people to take care of these situation or make those lazy jerks cover a shift or two. God knows I have a good ten times since I have been there. And not to mention the people I have to deal with on a daily basis. Everyone that goes to Starbucks thinks their crap doesn't stink. They have their noses in the air and are
9 out of ten times on their cell phones and shout out their novel of a drink expecting that you should already know it because they have been there once before. Not to mention the 16 year old girls that come in a half an hour before close and get their god forsaken strawberries and creme fraps. Then they sit there until close and we have to politely tell them to leave. POLITELY because we don't want to disrupt their "3rd place" or "legendary service". I could complain all night, but I have to restrain myself. All I keep telling myself is "just until I get out of college" because they do have good freaking insurance.
|Date:||Mar 07 2007 02:52 PM|
i am doing a project about ethical issues of strabucks. so if is possible can i have some links with more clearly scandals of starbucks and unethical isses?
|Name:||caring partner 19993|
|Date:||Mar 07 2007 02:51 PM|
|I am a current partner and I have had some frustrations. I know that there are ridiculous customers that frequent our stores but you can't blame just Starbucks. Places like Panera Bread, McDonald's, and Quik Trip have take traditional coffee terms and misused them. Like the word capuccino. Panera uses the term to describe a latte, just look at their menu. Quik Trip uses it to describe any of their coffee and sweetner drinks. Coffee culture has been skewed in this country due to free enterprise. I for one take pride in my title as barista. I haven't had the best training but I still take time to learn all I can. I know a good amount about coffee and am happy to share it. Overall,the company has changed, but the people are what determine how a store is run. We just need more people to take the seriously.
|Date:||Mar 07 2007 02:51 PM|
|I right now work at starbucks and when i was in training along with everyone else in the new store i was sucked in to thinking how good this place would be to work. I quit my other job cause i was preached about how great the company would be and that i wouldnt need another job NOW I dont get shit for hours the shift supervisors are dumb as door knobs and they take advantage of the fact that i am a good worker and put me to do the jobs of 3 Baristas so i am currently looking for another job until then i will bite my tongue but for the record the coffee does taste burnt!! I know why!!!!!So any suggestions for a good job?
|Name:||Josh Carter 20007|
|Date:||Mar 07 2007 01:05 PM|
|One Starbucks worker called people on here uneducated. Well I am a specialty coffee roaster and I'm pretty sure that worker hasn't roasted coffee a day in his/her life...Let's do some educating then. A coffee retains it's distinguishing origin characteristics at light and medium roasts. The darker the roast, the more the coffee bean structure begins to break down and burn. This reduces the unique characteristics of the bean and begins to get one dimensional and "roasty". Going just into the second crack (roasting terms here...read medium dark) a coffee will retain much of the distinguishing characteristics adding a slightly roasty dimension without tasting ashy or burnt (depending on the coffee). Starbucks dark roasts (rolling second crack to slowing 2nd) their beans to hide infirmities of lesser quality coffees and give them a one dimensional roast flavor. Also, coffee is half stale within 2 weeks of being roasted...Starbucks doesn't want anyone to know this...How long has their coffee been in a warehouse or sitting on a shelf?! Your best bet is to find a local shop that roasts their own beans and has a passion for good coffee!
|Date:||Mar 06 2007 07:00 PM|
|Whoever created this website, thank you. My only complaint I have is it shouldn't cost $3.75 for a plain large coffee. I couldn't care less about every other drink at Starf***s.
|Date:||Mar 05 2007 05:37 AM|
|Starbucks is a communist franchise rotting our children's teeth.
|Date:||Mar 05 2007 03:45 AM|
|Different, exceptional, distinguishing, unique, distinctive, novel, singular, and unusual. These are descriptors of my coffee shop, not Starbucks.
|Name:||Jeff Mank 19918|
|Date:||Mar 05 2007 03:45 AM|
|I very much appreciate your website. I have been a life-long hater of Starbucks. I believe they are poisoning society and the world with their brown acid that is destroying the "brains" of many people. Their green sign makes me ill to even glance at and would not enter a store even at gunpoint.
|Name:||Andrew Coldrick 19895|
|Date:||Mar 04 2007 07:38 PM|
|Starbucks is an evil opressor of freedom of independent coffee chains. Here they go, showing how liberal they are by selling "free trade things", yet they act like a big buisness by opening new chains and closing down all the mom and pop coffee shops and attracting young people to worship big buisness. No to starbucks visocus opression of independent coffee shops!
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