Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Tick Me Off Tipping

I've mentioned my love/hate relationship with Starbucks before. My love for coffee drives me there, but I'm often annoyed at the price I pay for my addiction. Okay, addiction sounds a little strong...let's not call it that. Let's change that to "passion".

Not long ago, we got a second Starbucks in town, and this one has a drive up window. Now, my love for coffee really does drive me there. So the other afternoon, I drove through and ordered a latte. My drink was $2.86. I drove up to the window. The lady handed me my drink. So far, pretty standard procedure. Now, I hate tipping for a $3.00 cup of coffee, but of course I will often play their game and give them the 3 bucks, letting them keep the extra change. However, this lady takes my money, tells me thank you, shuts the drive up window and walks away!

Oooh, that really frosts me. If I'm going to give someone a 14 cent tip, I want to do it of my own accord, not because they assumed I would. I'm really mad and threatening to not go back, but who are we kidding here? Now I just have to figure out how I'm going to justify my next drive to Starbucks and this time I don't mean justify in the "text-alignment" sense.


Anonymous said...

Your reputation must have preceded you if you have "tipped" previously. She was expecting "the usual" from you! Uuuuh, next time you might be prepared w/exact change! ;-)

Cari Johnson said...

Yeah, she must have seen me coming! I hope she didn't spend that huge tip all in one place!


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