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:||CT Starbucks Rebel 00209|
|Date:||Apr 10 2002 11:30 AM|
|What is an automatic espresso machine? I didn't know there were things like that? Thankfully they are not here in CT. Are those machines for stupid people who don't even know how to pull shots. It is pretty stupid even for Starbucks if you ask me.
|Date:||Apr 10 2002 08:03 AM|
|Starbucks is the monopolisation of the world stop this monster!!
|Date:||Apr 10 2002 03:27 AM|
|My store gets the regulars and when one does not come in I miss them. My day is not complete when a regular does not come in. I like remembering names and people's orders. And the funny thing is the hotties when they come in make me melt and I almost forget what I am doing.
We still got to pull our own shots, no automated machine. But, to me I enjoy the challenge of pulling the perfect shot.
Also, Hear Music Volume 7 "Waking" is an awesome CD :) For other partners it's on the "Ray Charles - Hear Music Volume 7" CD it is awesome. So go ahead and play it. It picks up my day especially tracks 7-10 and when I am in a middle of my bus I am all smiley and bouncing to the music.
|Date:||Apr 10 2002 03:10 AM|
|people act like protesting Starbucks is solely because we are against large corporations. I think it has more to do with what these companies do to the world and us. Offering up fair-trade beans as a superior product... shouldnt this be the standard and be brewed in all outlets rather than using beans which cost starbucks about 1/3 the cost of fair-trade beans, at the expense of empoverished farmers? Do you really want to be sipping down a cup of RBST and a bundle of GE ingredients? What do you think?
|Name:||Starbucks Long-Timer 00205|
|Date:||Apr 09 2002 11:00 PM|
|I recently moved to the Pacific Northwest from Las Vegas, where the spirit of Starbucks is being watered down faster than ever. So I come here, an almost 9-year employee ("partner"-hah!), only to find that all the stores in the area have the automated machines. If you've ever worked on one of these (thank the Coffee Gods, I haven't) or had a drink made off of one know this is a cup-o-joe with no soul. And to top off my sadness and dismay in this "great" coffee company, both my gal (another *$ long-timer) and I have both been trying to get a job with the company only to be ignored or turned away outright. Starbucks always touts how great they are by the listing on the Forbes 100 Best Companies but there's got to be some sort of palm-greasing to get the listings they do because while from the outside the benefits look good they're just another facelessly run corporation with the right figurehead (anyone remember the Gap ad with Howard Schultz from 6 or 7 years ago?) and a heedless juggernaut attitude. I miss the good ol' days when it was cool to make coffee in an elite coffee world.
|Name:||fuck off 00204|
|Date:||Apr 09 2002 11:00 PM|
|grow up. find something better to do with a website, then to have a forum for people to bitch and complain. get a conscience.
|Date:||Apr 09 2002 09:39 PM|
|starbucks sucks the big one, Starbucks strives to franchise suberbian coffee drinkers appatite. Besides, I'll take Donkin' Donuts coffee any day. (yes- I Know I'm being a hypocrite, Dunkin' D's is a franchise too)
|Date:||Apr 09 2002 06:37 PM|
|If I see another stupid customer trying to tell a barista who works on the bar - in my store or otherwise - how they should be making the carmel machiatto, I swear I will not hesitate and just make them come behind the bar so they can make their own. You people can not even read the name properly, what on Earth makes you think you know how to make the damned drink???!!!
|Date:||Apr 09 2002 10:40 AM|
|Hello , I'm from Tel Aviv. Actually we are regular to drink italian-like coffee over here. When you make cappuchino it means only one thing: 50ml of espresso + 50 ml of milk + 50 ml of milk foam. And it's really tasty. also you need a pretty cute place to seat in, that's it. Someday Starbucks comes , starting to sell hot milk with light coffee taste, they provide it in something that looks like soup plate not a coffee cap, charge you 30% more than best italian coffeeshops and try to persuade the people that thay are "really coffee place". After it they complain that no one comes.
Looks funny, isn't it?
|Date:||Apr 09 2002 10:32 AM|
|i work at starbucks... and i have something to say! First of all..there is this customer who comes to our work that I AM IN LOVE WITH!!! He is tall, elegant, and sexy. And he comes in about four times a day to get a venti COD. What better job is there than this? And I\\\'ve got a question about old people...there is this old guy who comes into work all the time. and he just sits and stares for hours. is he really smart, and has a lot to think about....or really senile? and customers drive me nuts!!! NO-- I will not give a glass of water while I\\\'m trying to make 5 other bar drinks and a frapp... so SHUT UP WHINY LITTLE OBNOXIOUS WASTE MY TIME!!!!!
|Date:||Apr 09 2002 03:25 AM|
|Our managers are at a leadership conference this week, so the leads are in charge. When the managers return on Friday, I am sure the store will be turned upside down.
Like, whoever mismanages a store to forget ordering Vanilia Syrup? We ran out of it today and had to find makeshift ways of making "CM" and Whip Cream we subsituted & use Sugar Free Vanilia.
Then, our expresso machine acts ALL retarded and we got to tamp extra hard to pull 21 second shots. Then, the leads started to do whatever and told the Baristas serve shots under 18 like 16 was probably the best we could do on the first try today. It happened to everyone even the experts.
And then I don't understand why customer's can't add sugar packets in themselves, are they like that helpless? I mean customer's must feel special that we add 1/2 pack of = to their latte. Those that always ask are the snooty one that don't even leave tip.
Oh, I also love people that scan & copy "Discount 5" coupons, just to get a free drink.
Still at the end of the day it is one of the better jobs out there and pays the bills.
|Date:||Apr 09 2002 02:46 AM|
|Love the site! I can sympathize with the people who work for starbucks, I do too. I worked in two different states, and you get the same crap anywhere. If only the customers would READ THE MENU then everything would be fine. But noooooooooo! They have to order it wrong, and then we end up re-making it because they insist that "we're the idiots and they orderd it right"!!! Even if you spen 5 f***ing minutes trying to extract from the customer what exactly it is that they want, it still ends up wrong. They won't understand the difference if you say "over ice" or "blended". Does not compute. They just think that ordering a carmel-chino, "you know, the one thats like a shake?", is ok. Whoever mentioned that about the customers barking orders at us in the middle of our "how are you doing" is right. They'll also flick their money out of their hands on the counter. I had this one old bitty, who obviously did this same thing at every starbucks she ever goes into because it makes her feel good. She orders a "grande latte with 2 equals, oh and blended". Blended????!?!?!!?! Me: "you want me to blend your HOT latte?" Bitty: (with a roll of the eyes), "yeah! I always get it that way"! Me: "I don't think we're allowed to put HOT LATTE's in the BLENDER". Obviously she didn't hear a f-ing word I had said because she continues to explain to me that "yes you can, you know, mix the non-fat and the whole milk together". OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, I must be a freakin' idiot. You mean Percent milk. That which I'm sure she hear's evey time she orders that stupid drink, PERCENT. Anyways, I'm on a tangent. I could spend all day and night whinning about customers. I'll just leave the customers reading this site with a few tips:
1. Mocha Blend ......is not on the menu, you really mean: MOCHA Frappuccino "say it with me" FRAP - A - CHINO.
2. Carmel Macheno.....is not on the menu, you really mean: Carmel Machiatto.------Mock-eeeeeeeeeee-A-Toe
3. Starbucks doesn't make ICED CAP's. Just say Iced Latte. Much easier. For both of us.
4. There is a reason we put your f-ing name on the cup, SO YOU DON'T TAKE SOMEONE ELSES DRINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5. one last thing: if the person at the bar has about twenty drinks, please don't come up to us and complain, or ask for a cup of water, or comment on how bad the music is, or anything we OBVIOUSLY cannot deal with at that moment.
More to come
|Date:||Apr 08 2002 11:05 PM|
|How can people drink espresso mint soy chai. Really why do they feel the need to add in two shots with mint and soy to a perfectly good drink. Soy is pushing it. Mint is almost over the edge but the espresso just kills it.
|Date:||Apr 08 2002 10:50 PM|
|What in the hell are people problem with saying the word MACHIATTO. It really isnt that tough of a word to say. I get some dumb*ss people who say s**t like caramel masarati,or mackiaki. I dont think they realize how much of an idiot they sound like and how much s**t we talk about them. I love talking s**t about customers. Cuz most of them are as**holes.
|Date:||Apr 08 2002 12:17 PM|
|What is wrong with you? Starbucks is awesome!
|Name:||CT Starbucks Rebel 00194|
|Date:||Apr 08 2002 07:25 AM|
|I feel your pain about drug addiction and use in your store. Unforunately I must also deal with a similiar problem at my store. We are located near the ghetto so we have plenty of drug dealers who come into the store. I suppose they are nice enough and they leave good tips. Some workers however even go to take a "pot break" in their cars which isn't that bad. Oh well I guess I should not judge them. It's only a crime if you are caught.
|Name:||Shwag Buster 00193|
|Date:||Apr 08 2002 05:02 AM|
|Not that I haven't ever smoked weed, Oh God no, but-
Some people at my work have a problem. A real problem. My Supervisor (and her cohort) seem to be addicted to the stuff- and some of their antics (smoking pot in the walk-in refrigerator, taking out the trash so they can smoke pot, taking their lunch well past 3/4 of their shift so that they can wait for me to punch in and then run off and blaze up) would be cute if IT DIDN'T LEAVE ME PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE TO DO HER WORK... oy.
I got to the point that I wanted to rat her out to my manager (like she doesn't already know), but I don't want to be responsible for her drug testing the other, more responsible employees who might use it in their free time...
Everyone at my store does it, a few deal it, and some of them just take it too far. This other girl I work with is nuts... She has shared with us (after working here for two weeks) that she used to do so much extacy that her HAIR WOULD FALL OUT! And then later in that same week related her story of buying A KILO OF COCAINE (is that even possible on a barista salary?) only to find out it was mostly aspirin... WTF??
Drugs are bad, you guys.
-Partner # 100****
|Name:||Joe Latte 00192|
|Date:||Apr 08 2002 04:46 AM|
|Hello my fellow parnters. What a thrilling day at work I had. At closing a drunk off his a$$ customer was screaming and yelling at me because I wouldn't sell him a cup of coffee 40 minutes after we closed. He then had the gull to ask if he could just sit inside the store and relax!! I think not. After the shouting match he started calling me a pindejo, cavrone, pinchi puto, a$$hole, white cracker mother f***er...and many ohter names in the book. After that he started slamming on our front door trying to break in. Of course we called the cops and the hauled the drunk away. AHHH!! What a pleasure it is working for Starbucks.
|Name:||Scot Carbuncle 00191|
|Date:||Apr 07 2002 06:08 AM|
|I always wondered what if would feel like to be a serf (peasant)shoveling shite for the king back in medievel times. I know how I could find out... I could be a barista for the richer than god Mr. Schultz. Keep up the good work you poor barista folks. I've never seen anybody take more shite from snobbing s.o.b.s than you...
|Date:||Apr 07 2002 01:12 AM|
|I just observed something kind of refreshing that I thought you would like to hear about. I live in San Diego, CA near a neighborhood known as "Kensington". About a year and a half ago the good people at Starbucks thought it would be a good market to plant their corporate hooves in and set up shop across the street from Kensington Coffee Company, a single shop coffee house that has been in business since 1984! Kensington is a very simple, non-corporate business area with the only major name businesses being an ARCO gas station, a branch of WASHINGTON MUTUAL bank and of course Starbucks. Granted there is no other gas station or bank in the neighborhood, but the rest of the businesses are small privately owned neighborhood shops (Antique salons, restaurants, art galleries, corner grocery stores, a video store,etc.) that give visitors to Kensington a break from Corporate America. I just returned from Kensington Coffee Company and was happy to see that on a Saturday night Starbucks had three customers inside where as Kensington Coffee was packed with people enjoying themselves and not feeding profit to Starbucks who seems hellbent on shuting small, privately owned competetiors out of the market.
Gratefully yours, Jason
|Name:||cappa chai latte 00189|
|Date:||Apr 06 2002 02:38 AM|
|does anyone else get the customer that gets the "iced quad two ristretto,two regular shots,venti,seven pump mocha,seven pump hazlenut,breve,mocha?....do you really think he could tell when we gave him all regular shots.............
|Name:||cappa chai latte 00188|
|Date:||Apr 06 2002 02:30 AM|
|i've worked for starbucks for 2 yrs.now,almost every friend i have now was met somehow through starbucks...it's a fun job with great benefits.i must say ,though,i had to show my disrict manager how to make a bar mocha the other day.i've been fired once,quit once,and hired 3 times...by the way...how many baristas does it take to screw in a lightbulb?...(a latte)tee-hee...............
|Name:||CT Starbucks Rebel 00187|
|Date:||Apr 05 2002 10:05 PM|
I put in shots that are usually between 10-30 seconds as previously stated. Nobody has ever complained about how I do their drinks. Also sometimes I just touch the bottom of the milk pot to see if it is still warm. Non-fat milk is fine because non-fat milk never hurt anybody.
|Date:||Apr 05 2002 08:44 PM|
|starbucks is great but i dont work there so i dont know how much it sucks but i still plan on drinking the coffee
|Date:||Apr 05 2002 11:59 AM|
|i am a starbucks manager, trainer and recruiter. i have nothing to say about your site that is bad. as a matter of fact i came to it because of the "talk of the town" word-of-mouth it has. i think it is brilliant and i have been laughing out loud at your responses to some of the "poser" starbukians. the bottom line is, we all serve our masters. wether its our own conscious or employer. but i think these sites are great. but i truly apreciate someone who can hold there own inteligently and with humor! you definatley did that! this place rocks!
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