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 04 2007 07:37 PM|
|I hate Starbucks because I used to work at Starbucks.
And I was denied a promised promotion because I "look like poor white trash."
Also, they are in such denial with themselves. They really really do believe that they are good for the world and helping the environment by being there. How much good for the environment can you be by building three stores in the same neighborhood block?
|Name:||Shane Rowbatham 19882|
|Date:||Mar 04 2007 07:37 PM|
|Sarah Johnson has the idea, it's a larger scale then disgruntled employees, I could rant in the same way about half the jobs I have ever had. It is the corporate practices used by SB in their purchasing and treatment of foreign bodies. They take advantage of the weak financial position countries like Ethiopia have when it comes to fair pricing on their coffee beans, which make up 66% of their national exports.
If I buy a gallon of milk it comes from a dairy farmer that is considered to be treated unfairly by our own government, but he has a house, likely several vehicles, large areas of land, and lives in relative comfort compared to those who farm the beans for the coffee served by SB, who generally do not even own shoes. In no way am I saying that the dairy guys have it fair, but their problems are far outweighed by the results of American based corporations taking advantage of foreign countries.
Also, the gentleman from the UK has it right as well, I can't stand watching television anymore because I cannot relate to anything that comes on, such as: Laguna Beach, 90210, Sex and the City, and all the other upper class based shows. Though I do have to argue the need to go to a coffee shop just to be trendy, many locally owned shops attract the crowd who doesn't 'need' to fit in but prefers to
As a teenager I used to frequent a coffee shop called Java Grotto to hang out, there wasn't anywhere else we could go to hang out without having the police harass us just for something to do themselves. Hurricane Katrina removed the entire building and it isn't worth it for the owners to rebuild. Thankfully I'm old enough now I have my own home to invite people over or go to the local bar/lounge and meet a group of friends without the sophisticated and uneasy feeling of SB and it's over-trendy patrons. Finally, I know the coffee served by these shops is either local, (New Orleans for me) very fresh and tasty, or if it is out sourced it isn't bought in huge bulk for way too little.
|Name:||Jeff Fielhauer 19871|
|Date:||Mar 02 2007 02:18 PM|
|I hate Starbucks so much that I moved to a mud hut in Columbia to grow my own coffee beans. Unfortunately, Juan Valdez is my neighbor; What a sellout!
|Date:||Mar 02 2007 04:20 AM|
|i just got hired at Sbucks and i start work tomorrow...everyone who works at the store i got hired at seems to like their job and i, personally, get along well with everyone there (i'm a regular).
should i be worried? what should i be on the look-out for???
|Name:||Star Bucks you off 19835|
|Date:||Mar 02 2007 04:08 AM|
|Let me start by saying they offer some of the best benifits around. Now with that said let me share a little piece of advise with everyone. If you have a health condition and you disclose it to your manager you might as well kiss your job goodbye. I disclosed this information and now everyweek my hours have been cut. I can\'t go to the DM about it because the DM doesn\'t care so long as the numbers are good. I have been screwed out of my benifits because they have cut my hours. They have asked me to step down from my position twice but not on paper. They are looking to push anyone out who has any illness. This being said I am contactions the Equal Rights Dept. in Washinton D.C. Again if you have any kind of illness you wont have a job with them for long they will find a way to push you out. You will have to quit or just be given so few hours that you will lose your benifits.
|Date:||Mar 02 2007 04:07 AM|
|This is a very fortuitous find of Starbucks critique!
I have often been an object of harassment at Starbucks as a customer.
I might explain that in more detail at a later date.
What would be nice to have on this site would be an internal search engine so that the 5470 posts could be gone through speedily for specific subject matter and connectivity!
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|Name:||Former Partner 19845|
|Date:||Mar 01 2007 05:16 PM|
|I recently quit Starbucks as a part of the partner resources team. (HR Department). I quit the company due to unfair treatment and racism. I was subjected to racial comments by other recruiters within the company. I was screamed at by a senior manager twice and the senior management just wanted to sweep things under the rug. I made complaints, I wrote an 8 page document. I provided the senior director with audio taped conversations of abuse. I have several witnesses and the company still didn't support me. I supported the Los Angeles and surrounding regions as a Regional Recruiter. There is a practice that keeps minorities from reaching any level above Store Manager. All my statements are truthful and verifiable. Starbucks hiding a serious truth that their hiring practices. I am considering a lawsuit. If you want to know the truth about starbuks. take it from me. I am not a barista level employee. I am from the management team. I am African American and I can tell you that Starbucks is not fair to minorities. You will have people online saying something different. However, trust me. They are brain-washed into saying the things they say. I was brain-washed at one time. Starbucks will fire you for not being happy. Most managers only last 6 months in Starbucks. Most Barista's turned over at 110% in 6 months. Do fool yourself. The company is laced with Devil juice...
|Date:||Mar 01 2007 02:05 PM|
|Im a partner currently working at Starbucks... Im wondering if any partners former or current have noticed weird occurences... partners being fired for no reason, weird customers? recently, a lady suspiciously came in, took 12 saucers and 12 cups asked them to be individually wrapped and was almost looking for a reaction... she then said she was going to come back at 2 to pick them up and pay for them. the next day, all 12 saucers and 12 cups were back on the shelves and my manager said that the lady's brother died so she couldnt come pick them up? my opinion is that it was a spy... first of all what are the chances she called to directly talk to my manager to tell him her brother died so she couldnt get her purple saucers? i highly doubt any one would call if a family member died over some cups?
|Date:||Mar 01 2007 02:04 PM|
|Its been said many times, but it bears repeating. The coffee tastes burnt and overroasted. Over roasting the beans is usually done on purpose to mask the cheapness and lower quality of the beans. Also, many people think it must be stronger if the coffee tastes "dark." Actually, the opposite is true; the more the bean is roasted, the more caffiene is roasted away. (Espresso is stronger because of the brewing process, not the darkness of the bean.)
I always get a queasy feeling in my stomach and feel like I have Montezuma's revenge after a cup of Starbucks swill! Anyone else notice this?
And don't even get me started on their ever expanding menu of fufu drinks. And the people who think they are creative because they have their special drink that nobody else orders. "I'M SPECIAL! I drink my Tall Soy Latte with half-caff and a shot of Hazelnut in it! And easy foam!"
|Date:||Feb 27 2007 05:06 PM|
|hi there, at the moment starbucks employee here. was wondering if you or anyone else on this site has had any legal dealings with these schisters? havent posted my real name as im shit scared of starbucks spys, however i will be posting an alternative email adress soon on this site, so any advice you can give me would be appriciated. without giving too much away i gave my notice today and will be taking them to court. post again soon
|Date:||Feb 27 2007 04:16 PM|
|I'm lucky enough to live within walking distance of a great coffeshop/bookstore, but today I was lost in suburban hell and had my choice of convenience store coffee or Starbucks. Or none at all, which would probably have been the wisest course. Anyway, yuck! The coffee tasted like ash. Also it felt really weird to be ordering coffee surrounded by corporate decor and lousy music.
|Date:||Feb 27 2007 03:30 PM|
|I've been working for a Starbucks for about a month now and I absolutely hate it. I get about 15 hours a week, the managers are idiots, the pay is terrible, and because it is located inside of a Krogers we aren't allowed to accept tips... it's ridiculous. Im quitting.
|Name:||Kate Miller 19637|
|Date:||Feb 27 2007 03:30 PM|
|My new hobby is to swing by the Starbucks inside the local grocery store and just take a wad of napkins. So today I looked at one of them and it read, "Less napkins. More plants. More planet. Less napkins."
Are they telling us not to use up their napkins -- in order to save the planet? Ha, ha, ha, rather disingenuous. Made me really pleased I had taken them after all. Have a great day, y'all.
|Name:||Robert Booher 19598|
|Date:||Feb 27 2007 03:29 PM|
|If the report is true I received by e-mail that Starbucks refused a request by our servicemen for shipments of their swill is true, then I'll never buy a cup of coffee from them or anything else from them. Robert
|Date:||Feb 27 2007 11:21 AM|
|I have an old fashioned 6 cup stovetop Esspresso maker which cost me $2.50 at the Goodwill, and it makes a cup of
esspresso which is far better than any that you usually get at starbucks.
|Name:||Thomas Pritchard 19597|
|Date:||Feb 27 2007 11:21 AM|
|its not so much the idea of starbucks itself that I hate. Although I do dislike it a lot. Its the people who frequent it. I hate them so much, there isn't enough time in the day. I have to get up early to hate them. I don't know what Its like in the US but in the UK the whole coffee shop thing is just a horrible over spill of cosmo culture that came from people watching sex in the city with those four border line transvestites sitting crossed legged drinking latte or cocktails lamenting about everything that doesn't matter in the world.
My girlfriend has been sucked into this entire thing and often pleads for us to go out for a coffee. I explain there is coffee in the cupboard and hope she goes away. After all, its not that I am a skin flint but 4 quid for something made from beans is a little disgraceful. And why the high price. To justify sitting in those sofas that eat you. Reading the most left wing suedo culture magazine you can find. Or maybe pretending to read a book while you wonder why you spent all that money.
I don't perticularly care about the whole anti establishment angle of hating starbucks. I don't even specifically hate starbucks that much more than any other coffee shop. They are all as bad. Sometimes I think people from the UK forget how new this whole culture is. Americans are to blame you see. Every last popular television programme that makes it over here with middle class socialites in it such as Friends, Sex in the city, ugly betty and other such things, have the same running theme of coffee and conversation. Its turning most girls and some more sensitive boys in the UK into drivling Latte fueled retards.
the UK is very good at rediculing the middle class and upwards while firmly making anything working class hero like. Drinking tea from a mug always feels quite patriotic. Which is probably why we dont have as many coffee shops. But over in the US on TV anything drank by the lower classes is in a brown paper bag and anyone who puts a little finger in the air as they sip their drink is put on a platform of admiration.
If you really hate starbucks then sort that out. There are so many through supply and demand. If there was less demand through redicule of the entire culture then it would be much easier to make a change.
Thank you for possibly reading my badly typed essay.
|Date:||Feb 27 2007 11:20 AM|
Your post: Date: Jan 13 2007 10:34 AM
Oh yeah, that is exactly my experience with Starpunks.
One time I waited in line so long I gave up. I came back a half hour later, and waited another 20 minutes. There were ten people ahead of me, all waiting so VERY patiently.
I was not in any particular hurry, but there were old ladies, and children in line. The workers were busy with their private conversations, having a jolly time of it, at the expense of customers. One elderly lady, obviously bent over with arthritis, was really uncomfortable having to stand for so long. I just couldn't stand there and take it.
In reality, there was a ligit complaint, but there would be no expressing it to policy makers. No options.
I finally decided to speak up, and simply said, in a normal voice, but loud enough to be heard, "Hurry-up, there are people waiting here."
A normal occurrance where I come from.
The place fell deathly quiet. One burly black gentleman, ahead of me in line, actually asked me if i was kidding, or if I was serious. I said I was not kidding.
They managed to get all customers taken care of in about 3 minutes, and tried to take may order, but I realized that there was no way I would touch anything that they made, so as to not be drinking spit or flegm, or worse.
I said I wanted to speak to the manager, but that pimple faced fluffball WAS the manager.
I do hate Starpunks, for a lot of reasons, but I do NOT think that they are any worse than any other psychopathic corporate dictatorship in America. We are just more keenly aware of it when we go to Starpunks, because it is always in your face. Sickness at the front line simply reflects the sickness higher up.
You could probably sketch out a reasonable psychological profile of the corporate bosses, by observing how they do business. The anger that is generated in their employees, is because they begin to get that picture, the snotty, self deluded, mental patient, wringing his hands in a dark corner, gleefull for having profited from the exploitation of milder persons.
No, Starpunks is no difrerent, they are all like that unless proven otherwise. They are the Kmart, the Target, the Wallmart, and every corporate gas station, and fast food joint. What is common to all of these is that they cannot survive unless they are able to cheat the customer, the employee, the vendor, the government, the insurance companies... in fact, everyone that they do business with. This is why they start corporations afterall, so that they can do evil things and not take the blame personally.
|Name:||Gracie Mae 19595|
|Date:||Feb 26 2007 08:37 PM|
|Sorry, the previous was listing for Bad Ass Coffee in Hawaii, since I didn't see any listings for Hawaii. Love this forum!
|Name:||John Wright 19588|
|Date:||Feb 26 2007 06:50 PM|
|The last straw.
Going to Starbucks 20 years. They never get my drink right. I just order a quad shot latte. Half the time they put two shots or just one, so, in a medium cup, its nothing but milk. Today, I asked if they had any Kona. Maybe it was a stupid question, but I didn't see any in the store, so, I asked.
The manager came up to me and demanded to know why I was so consecending to his employees. He was fuming, and about to jump over the bar to attack me. I walked out without my purchase.
Was it something I said?
People, get busy and get a petittion together, or start an initiative to pull the charters of all corporations that break the law. If a corporation is the same as a person, then why not just do away with them the moment they break the law, any law. Afterall, a corporation is nothing but a paper construct, if it dies, or is executed, no harm done.
What about the employees? you say: well, jobs would certainly be lost, absolutely. But keeping them in business is like keeping the Mafia around because they hire so many people.
ZERO tollerance for corporations, please.
|Date:||Feb 25 2007 06:53 PM|
|I hate the fact that they automatically default to paper cups, which are made mostly out of non-recycled materials, and then refuse to provide recycle bins! wtf!!
|Date:||Feb 25 2007 06:53 PM|
|There is a reason Starbucks is not in Italy. Italy has "coffee bars" everywhere- where you can get better, cheaper coffee, espresso and cappucino. You can also get beer, liquor, sandwiches, desserts, and in some bars you can even bet on soccer matches and replenish the minutes on your cell phone SIM card.
The Italians invented the coffee bar. Starbucks only gentrified it- doubling the markup by selling crap coffee and charging much more for it.
The coffee experience for Italians is also much more personal and intimate than what any Starbucks store would be able to offer. It is about “slow food” as opposed to the American “fast food”.
|Date:||Feb 25 2007 06:53 PM|
|your site makes my eyes hurt.
|Date:||Feb 23 2007 03:32 AM|
i don't know how i found this place but you're pretty clever.
i work at a starbucks and it is ridiculous. i hate all the trendy teenage girls who come in and order a caramel CRAPpucino. all the time. i deal with starbucks b.s. every dayyyyy i hate it!
forreal. starbucks sucks.
|Name:||Sarah Johnson 19250|
|Date:||Feb 22 2007 07:34 AM|
|I think your website is slightly missing the point or maybe I've misinterpreted your reason for creating it? I was initially under the impression upon finding your website that it might expose Starbucks' attempts at corporate responsibility as a smokescreen, that it would highlight their miniscule use of fairtrade coffee ( I think around 5%)and bring awareness to their moves to prevent Ethiopians from trademarking their coffee. Some mention has been made of this in one or two emails, although admittedly I didn't read the whole site as I found it incredibly boring. It seems the site is predominantly used by disgruntled employees (if you don't like it, don't work there) and customers who give out about bad service, expensive coffee and too much choice! Give me a break! If that is the worst thing you have to deal with in your lives, if that is the depth of your knowledge about global affairs and the most intelligent backlash you can give to a company such as Starbucks, then I'm afraid you don't get my sympathy.
|Name:||Evil Lou Lou from the Philippines 19325|
|Date:||Feb 22 2007 07:20 AM|
|Coffee shops in Manila have been turning up like frog stools and spreading throughout the metropolis faster than one can say 'coffee in a copper coffee cup'.
In this cause, I asked a friend, "Is there a growing number of intellectuals in the Philippines?". He asked me why and I responded, "Because of the coffee shops that have been popping out everywhere lately."
Case in point: In The Block, North Avenue, there is a row of coffee shops located by the Hypermart. These coffee shops are Seattle's Best, UCC Japanese Coffee and Go Nuts. Technically, Go Nuts is a doughnut shop. However, the 'intellectuals' come there to lounge and dip their glazed diabetes doughs in capuccino and read the day's paper over cups of overpriced Nescafe.
Fine. People go gaga over coffee shops because of the ambiance. They like tapping fingers to the beat of Milton Banana Bossa Nova. Perhaps some find caffeine intoxication calming. Whatever and ever amen.
I was at Starbucks with Zoo three Saturdays ago. I insisted on having an in-the-house tap water served in Starbucks' little posh paper cup and Zoo had espresso. I observed the twenty somethings and the Brent co-eds in their faux Pradas. I expected to hear a bull session on Plath's obsession over death and rebirth or at least the connection of existentialism with Spear Britney's recent well-publicized emotional breakdown.
Nothing. Nada. Zero. Zippo.
Instead, the suckers for the Starbucks corporate whore coffee were discussing their recent one night rendevouz with some stewed boozehound while the popularly supposed upwordly mobile twenty somethings were updating each other on missed Princess Hours episodes.
Let us face it, label whores: The Republic of the P.I. is facing severe economic crisis. Starbucks is nothing but a slap of mockery to this economically-challenged little nation.
Sure Starbucks serves delicious coffee made from the best godforsaken coffee beans harvested from some faraway Brazilian coffee farm. Sure Seattle's Best employs people with toothpaste commercial grin just so you won't lose a lunch. Blah blah. But do you really have to shell out so much for a caffeine fix?
All right, some would argue "I have the money to satisfy a Starbucks craving." Sure. Here's a Marie Antoinette button you can wear around town.
Maybe I am just being the bitter anti-positive that I have always been.
I am bad.
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