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:
|Name:||Marc in San Dimas 01060|
|Date:||Jul 06 2003 03:29 PM|
|Starbucks can kiss my ass because I am never, EVER, going back there again. I am also going to discourage everyone I know, and this is a small town, from visiting Starbucks again. For one, in order to mass produce the beans they need to distribute to the stores (located no less than 1.5 miles of each other) they turn up the heat and burn the hell of out them. Result - shitty and bitter coffee. What's more bothersome are the yuppies that sit there on their laptops with their noses in the air thinking they are the bright, shining stars of education in our society. "I'm here studying history, which is my useless major, and enjoying a cup of lightly burnt, mint-flavored turd while I'm at it". Good job, a$$hole. I rarely visit this money-sucking whore house but today was the last. I ordered a large caramel frappuccino because it was hot as hell outside and I also wanted caffeine. So, when I discovered a fly stuck in my caramel as I was getting into my car I walked back into the store to ask them to replace it. The short, blonde, husky girl working there looked at me with disgust as if I should've scooped the fly off and got on with it. So she shoved it aside and hastily made another while rudely asking me to move "it" to the side to make way for other customers. When they set my new drink out they didn't call me or announce that it was ready (like they usually do). So it took a while and I was pissed off. Remember kids, if you drink Starbucks, you're drinking with Hitler and Bin Laden.
|Date:||Jul 06 2003 03:28 PM|
|starbucks is the racist compnay .I hate them,they have treated me very badly as an employee
|Date:||Jul 06 2003 03:27 PM|
|i think your absoulutly right
i hate the fact that they use slave labor and dont even pay the slaves hardly anything for all that they do
|Name:||*$ slave 01057|
|Date:||Jul 06 2003 03:26 PM|
|to ..., it is not impossible, and Starbucks' only requirement for the number of partners on the floor is two- there is to always be two partners in the store for safety reasons.
As far as breaks, as long as the 30 min break is given, Starbucks is happy. They have no way of regulating the 10s that are supposed to be given. I don't think I ever get to take my last 10, we just don't have time. I could take it, but then we stay later and get yelled at.
I have to say that the new store that I'm at has a really good store manager, but she has only been with the company 8 months, so we'll see how long she lasts before the Starbucks vultures pick at her.
|Date:||Jul 03 2003 03:14 PM|
|you chief,what up? my name is stephen and im from Dublin,Ireland.Today i just read an article saying starbucks have their eyes on the emerald isle and plan to open 40 new outlets here by taking over local coffee shops! We dont appreciate a heartless money hungry compant like Starbucks stepping over cosy local coffee shops to make a few bucks,so i say f*** `em lets fight them!Starbucks is like a virus spreading across the globe and they represent the very basic negativity of company morality! oh! and there coffee sucks too or so im told! i hope you post this just to show every one where "Virus Bucks" is planning next! -Stephen
|Date:||Jul 03 2003 03:12 PM|
|I think that your page has a lot of merit. Let me explain: I occasionally go
to Starbucks to get a Frappacino, however, handing over $3.92 is a RIP OFF!
Sure, the Frapp is pretty good, but absolutely too expensive.
Also, the mere thought of having a tipping box (filled with money) makes me
ill. Sometimes, to try to lessen the financial burden, I'll go the the
grocery store and buy a 4-pack of Starbuck's Frappacinos. Again - a TOTAL
rip off AND the the bottles are too small.
I think that if Starbucks wasn't so expensive, I would go more often. I
don't even want to get started on their crumb cakes and cookies, better
bring a $100 if want any of that stuff.
|Name:||Crow Smoker 01054|
|Date:||Jul 03 2003 03:08 PM|
|can relate so much to the experience you have expressed, Erika. I've been with Starbucks for a bit over a year. I moved up rather quickly. I have to admit that there is politics everywhere you go. I just didn't expected so much in a coffee shop.
Your SM or former SM in Burbank have a lota similar traits like mine. I happen to be in the same shoe with your ASM. In terms of working off the clock, it's very illegal but many "ass kissing" partners don't mind doing it, just as long as they get their ways. I guess many people forget the term "Time worked = Time paid". Hey, it's their time, their choice, and their backs being broken.
In terms of qualities of the food & beverage served, from my experience, it varies with each location and managment method. Some places have coffees sitting there for hours because people are just too lazy to change'em every hour. Some pastries are just poorly handled and stored. But it is not the case in EVERY Starbucks.
Starbucks kills off the little businesses, so does every major corporation out there in every industry. I don't know about the rest of you, but the job market in US isn't the greatest. We can choose to be a moral advocate and boycott all the major corps out there, or we can hold a "legit" job and put some food on the table and hopefully pay some bills at the same time. That's why I'm still part of the system, using my INTEL computer, with a MICROSOFT operating system, and AT&T Internet Access. You get my point.
To top it off, I don't drink coffee. I don't even like coffee. I give away all my free beans to the "needy". Sure, I know all about the product Starbucks have to offer. Yes, they are overpriced, and they still sale. Why do people buy'em, I don't know. Why do people want to spent 2.50 and change on milk and syrup, I don't know either. I know I wouldn't.
I can tell you what I hate the most aside my present job. Those freaking Fraps. I hate fraps. I hate making them, I hate serving them. It's an ugly cycle, because there're also the reason why I have my job. If there's anything else I can't stand, it's those "enthusiatic" customers that orders a "Decaf, Tall, extra hot, Breve, One and a half shot, with whip, wet Cappaccino with 3 pumps of vanilla, and 2 pumps of mocha.". They seem to get a joy out of being able to check off every freaking box on the cup and saying it fast. These people also have that smirk on their face because they expect you to make a mistake so they can have you do it over again. God forbid if you ask them to repeat it, they will rip you apart for ruining their day now. In additon, if you see them the 2nd time, God forbid you not to remember their name and drink.
For a poor barista, the only choice they have is to "Just Say Yes" for their little pay check.
I can't wait 'till my "last day" arrives. I would like to see the looks on these preps and yuppies face when they get a taste of their own medicine.
Just my 2 cents.
|Name:||-some Canadian dude 01053|
|Date:||Jul 03 2003 03:05 PM|
|I'll say that I'm not a Starbucks fan, but I do love their Vanilla Creme
drink. Very tasty.
Their coffee is bland; watered down and bitter. Hot chocolate is like warm
milk with some brown colouring. Their food products are vastly over
Being that Starbucks are now included with all Chapters/Indigo stores, I
find it hard to go very long with out encountering one of these boutique
Luckily, the Tim Horton's where I live far out number the Starbucks.
-some Canadian dude
|Date:||Jul 03 2003 03:03 PM|
Maybe you should consider going to night school because you clearly have
no command over the English language! Why do you give a crap about Starbucks $5 coffees? If you don't want to pay for them, don't buy them. When you grow up a little bit and get yourself a job in the "real world" you will find the same old crap going down at every company... welcome to life.
Really people, there is no excuse for such shitty grammar in this day and age of word processing applications... two words: SPELL CHECK!
|Date:||Jul 03 2003 03:02 PM|
|I just have to add my 2 cents as a customer. Starbucks sells
mediocrity. They have brainwashed everyone into thinking that mediocre
espresso is the norm. I live in the land where Starbucks was created and
I remember my first latte at the original store when I moved here 16
years ago. I wasn't a coffee aficionado then, but I hope I know better
now. I even worked at a privately owned coffee shop briefly. Today,
it's hard to find any other choice but Charbucks. They use espresso
machines that automatically grind, tamp, and drop a shot. How could
they possible get anything better out of a machine where they have no
control over quality. The Barista doesn't stand a chance at creating
"Enthusiastically Satisfied" customers from square one. I stopped
ordering lattes all together because the last time I actually had to
throw the drink in the trash, it was so disgusting. I only buy lattes
at locally owned coffee shops where they can grind the beans to the
correct fineness for their machine, tamp it, watch for the perfect 20
second shot, and top it off with velvet foam. At Starbucks I only buy
frapaccinos and pastries. My husband and I have become fanatical about
good coffee and are even considering opening our own shop because we
can't stand the market saturation of bad tasting Charbucks lattes.
|Date:||Jul 03 2003 03:01 PM|
|How much do you think a store manager makes?
|Date:||Jul 03 2003 03:00 PM|
|does anyone know how much money a barista makes an hour at Starbucks? I can't believe that they have a tip jar at the register, that is absolutely ridiculous.
|Date:||Jul 03 2003 03:00 PM|
|i'm tired of making fraps. and don't like waking up to go to work at 4:45am, for a four hour shift.
well, i'm off to work
|Date:||Jul 03 2003 02:59 PM|
|Who says they have to follow the law? They are the coffee mafia.
|Date:||Jul 03 2003 02:59 PM|
|that's impossible Erika. starbucks requires that at least 3 people are on the floor (so people get the breaks they're entitled to by law).
|Date:||Jul 03 2003 02:58 PM|
I really hate Starbucks but I can't help buying coffee there. I think I am
being brain-washed, or maybe hypnotized, by their advertisements. I don't
want to go there, but I have this unbreakable urge which keeps me running to
the local outlet 2-3 times a day. I also think the Barista is very hot..
maybe she is putting some aphrodisiacal product into my drink, making me
want her. Whatever it is, it should be out-lawed, because if I don't get my
Starbucks at regular intervals I am like a madman. Please help before I go
ps. I love you
|Date:||Jun 26 2003 08:06 PM|
|Starbucks's coffee is so foul and stale tasting that I literally can not
even stand the smell of it. It has always been cold when served and has
always tasted like it has been sitting in the pot for a week. Why pay $5
for a cup of coffee when better tasting cat piss is free?
|Date:||Jun 26 2003 08:05 PM|
|Yeeeh! They are addictive. Although there are competitors, Coffee Republic (v addictive), book shops etc.
|Date:||Jun 26 2003 08:00 PM|
|So, I have yet another *$s horror story- I used to work at a store where we did more business than any store around us, in fact, we were 3rd in the region. We constantly had a line out the door, and only 2 people were staffed (other stores would have at least 3 staffed). We asked our manager if we could have another person so we could get more stuff done, and she told us that it would cost too much money for more people and would take money out of her bonus!! She would even force her supervisors to work off the clock to get stuff done. Never have I seen a manager turn off so many good workers- (this store is in Burbank- you know which one)
The managers that I have met are nothing but a$$ kissing, uneducated morons who care only about the bottom line.
The assistant managers who do have an education are not being promoted because they do not play the politics that the morons do.
When I started at *$s I was going to be a manager and I thought it was a good company, but I have been so turned off by the back- stabbing behavior of management.
The only good thing about *$s is the friends you make- you tend to bond with the people that you slave away with.
I've noticed one other thing- people tend to lose about 30 IQ points when they step into Starbucks- READ THE SIGN!!!!!!!
|Name:||Random Genius 01041|
|Date:||Jun 26 2003 07:55 PM|
|the reason they don't just have small medium and large is because they have 4 sizes. short, tall, gande, and venti.
|Date:||Jun 26 2003 07:48 PM|
|Escape from Starbucks!!
Come to Australia (I think?)
|Date:||Jun 26 2003 07:46 PM|
|Thank you for this site. Today I staged a counter protest to my co-workers
who were buying Starbucks coffee drinks. They did so because they knew it
would get under my socially concious skin. So I gathered up the few
friendlies in my office, ordered the exact same drinks from a local store,
and compared the price. It was $5 less, and comparitively tasted better.
I'm always irked when people go to Starbucks even though there is a locally
owned, Fair Trade seller just a little ways away. That's my argument to my
coworkers. Sure it is hard to be a socially resposnible consumer. I hate
the fact that I can't find clothes to buy that weren't made in China.
Sometimes you just have to concede and fight another day. But when there is
a clear alternative that is availible, such as Java Joes or Zanzibars--here
in Des Moines--you should always choose the one that benefits the community.
I'm proud to say that I have never, and I mean NEVER, had Starbucks coffee.
And as long as there are alternatives, I will continue to take my buisness
BG in Des Moines
|Date:||Jun 26 2003 07:41 PM|
|I just want Competitor to know that they are wrong espresso shots should be
between 18 and 23 seconds. That's standard. -Andrea
|Date:||Jun 26 2003 07:35 PM|
|It's too bad that your site isn't called "I hate mega-stores". These types of huge corporate giants (ie. Walmart, etc.) are what has killed America's "mom and pop" businesses. My family has a rather large "mom & pop" jewelry business. Fortunately, we are in an industry which demands good customer service. Not everyone is going to trust Mega-Lo mart to reset their diamonds. On the other hand, it is the idiots that see only price that help these behemoths prosper.
p s: I hate Starbucks too. Over-priced coffee and rebels-without-a-clue serving you with attitude.
|Date:||Jun 26 2003 07:32 PM|
|I stumbled on your site by accident and I just want to say that I totally
support your site. I have many reasons as to why Starbucks sux! (1) their
coffee is burned, and tastes pretty bad (2) As a corporation, they drive out
small businesses who actually have a good product. (3) Their food is pretty
disgusting (4) They re-use old products (5) The only reason why people buy
it is because they are too lazy to walk 3 blocks to a real coffee shop. (6)
The employees don't give a crap about anything other than making money (7)
Starbucks has no character (8) Thankfully Starbucks will never survive/be
profitable in Europe because places in Italy and France and other countries
have great coffee for half the price. Props to your site. Thanx!
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