Starbucks, Starbucks Everywhere, and Oh the Things to Drink!

Being stationed in SF means that Starbucks is the fuel of the Experience Project staff.  I pass three on my four block journey to work from the BART station every morning, because in San Francisco there really are Starbucks across the street from one another.  Starbucks $4 cup of coffee is my guilty pleasure. 
EPErica EPErica
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11 Responses May 31, 2007

I am writing to complain about STARBUCKS Taiwan, about a strange manager in National Taichung Library branch.
It is no use to complain to our local STARBUCKS customer service since the complain is intercepted.
What follows is writing a Chinese you can use google translate to translate it.

聚眾恐嚇客戶的星巴克店長
你所不知道的星巴克咖啡

台中國圖星巴克有一個奇特的小姐。
剛開幕的時候他跟我自我介紹說個英文名字我問她中文名字記得他說姓張,自稱是經理。
不過這個人好像很愛找我麻煩。
我經常早上七點多就在那裏用電腦八點多人來得比較多就走了。
哪知某天她突然在我常坐的位置放上牌子說位置有人預訂。
不過在我離開以前始終沒有看到有人來。
後來又有一次沒放牌子但又說有人預訂趕我走,這次看到有人來了,
好像是個教會團體討論。
嘿嘿七早八早的星巴克根本沒有人哪個位子不要就非要我那個位置不可。
而且星巴克好像沒有這種定位的制度吧!?

昨天 (7/16)這位小姐又來找我說話了,剛開始說我翹著二郎腿要我放下。
奇怪ㄟ整個屋裡一堆人大家甚麼姿勢都有他都沒意見我翹著腳干他甚麼事?
不過我還是很客氣地放下了。
放下了他還不夠,他說有客人向她抱怨說我跟別的客人講話會吵到他們。
我聽了一頭霧水。我在星巴克從來不跟人說話,每次都一個人在那裏用電腦。
他還要跟我強調說不只一個客人抱怨。
嘿嘿整個星巴克一堆人都在講話,單獨抱怨我ㄟ。
我說那你下次看到我講話的時候來找我啊! 這回他沒話可說走了。

今天(7/17)下午他又來了說我翹著二郎腿。這回我可不願意讓步了。
我說這干你甚麼事? 我說你昨天還跟我說了一堆莫名其妙的東西。
他態度很強硬,我怎麼樣都無法使她離開。後來他離開了。
我以為終於避開騷擾了。等一下來了三個壯漢包圍住我。
一個自稱是商店區管理,另一個穿著國圖警衛服飾,另一個不知道。
我問它們你們要幹嘛?他們說不出個所以然來。
它們來有看到我做甚麼事? 他來目的做甚麼? 我問他你們幹嘛把我包圍住?
他講不出來。那個自稱商店區管理的威脅我要叫警察。我說叫啊我做了甚麼事?
它們自知理虧離去。我坐了一下很生氣,去上廁所準備離去。
上完廁所出來看到客人在問那個張姓小姐發生了甚麼事,
他裝得一副無辜的樣子說他也不知道。
ㄟ那三個人是他叫來的ㄟ。他也真的很會裝。
我走出星巴克那三個人還在那裏,其中一個說警察來了,我懶得理他。

回來,打星巴克客服電話。
哪知那個客服李小姐不斷的找理由推脫。我說請你主管接電話吧,他說沒主管。
主管在開會。我掛下電話,再打。這回來個張小姐自稱是代理主管。
他自稱主管授權他,他現在就是主管。
他說他現在就給我答覆。他說我在星巴克咆哮,影響他們營業。
他辯稱是店裡已經回報有錄影。
哈哈我好端端的在那裏用電腦幹嘛無故咆哮?
你叫了三個壯漢來圍住我耍流氓,我被騷擾不喊救命嗎?
他說他們有很多顧客打電話進來抗議。
我想我還沒那麼偉大吧!? 現場應該只有那位張小姐有意見。
還有叫來的那三個流氓有人看到我有甚麼特殊的行為嗎?
沒有,卻叫警察奉命打人這是流氓吧!?
他辯稱他們都有紀錄。跟你客訴還誣賴是吧。我就算有翹腳也不違法,
你叫警察已經觸犯誣告罪了。而且你叫了三個流氓無端圍住我,
也觸犯中華民國刑法強制罪。。
他竟然說,那你承認你有咆哮有翹腳吧!?
(嘿嘿 我一共申訴你四次四件特意行為你回答了我甚麼?)
這樣的星巴克是不是離譜了一點?能不能請換店長。
還有客服處理客訴案件是不是有點離譜?
今天打她課服他還是不斷企圖威脅我說它們都知道了說都有紀錄。
他說他們門市都已經回報。
於是我叫她說妳知道了甚麼? 他又說不出來。很奇特的答覆。
然後還會說我們都已經動用到警察了 (所以你就是賴到底吧!?)
然後他們說門市的處理就是最終處理,課服也不會再有任何處理。
她威脅我他們電話都有錄音,說要我不要再打電話騷擾它們課服。
(喔喔 客人跟你申訴叫做騷擾喔 我到底打了幾通電話?)
他叫我去找別人申訴。
很少見過這麼會賴的。各位想一想你要不要去這種地方吧!?

在我看來她已經 game over 了。以後任何事情他們都不用來找我了。
任何事情就請他報警。他也只剩下這一條路可以走。
問題是警方來了,我也只需要告訴警察她已經報警很多次了就結束了。

Not liking frou frou much, I still go to Starbucks on account of that being the only coffee shop closeby, but if I can find a Coffee shop by mom and pop I'd rather go to it because they usually feel way less corporate, which to me feels more like a coffeeshop should feel.But I gotta get over it because starbucks are convenient and like it or not, they are everywhere.

You know as green as I am I have to say Starbucks is probably one of the best espresso coffees. Dont forget to bring you own cup from home though<br />
;) Also if you have time starbucks is a great place to get computer work done.

Well I loved starbucks too.....until I went to Seattle and discovered Tullys.Yum!Better than Starbucks! Of course everyone has their favorite though.Caramel Fraps do rock though!

i'm not a fan of coffee nor many of the "frou frou" coffee based drinks. i've tried desperately to acquire the taste for it. Lord knows i've tried but to no avail ... i do like french vanilla cappuccino and vanilla w/ a hint of ginger chai but then those aren't quite considered coffee are they?

I am quite the coffee addict and get very disappointed by bland, non-inspiring coffee. The best thing with starbucks is while it may cost a little more you know it's going to be good.

Star bucks has quite easily infected New Zealand as well, I pass only two on my way...but I am sure if they had their way they would be stopping the free-trade esquires and setting up shop in those good spots.<br />
Personally, I like the mom and pop cafe run by delightful oriental folk that have loyalty cards and everything, its so homely that she recognizes me and already has my coffee going by the time I reach the counter...good service is familiar people and that inspires customer loyalty in me. I also get that from Subway funnily enough, they know my text and web orders well. Subway for lunch, back street café for coffee… that is my daily consumption at work.

I love Starbucks, but there isn't many local Starbucks around here so I guess I think your lucky :P

LOL - my wife loves those caramel frappucino things.

I am sure if I knew anything about good coffee, I would agree with you. I know many people that refuse to buy Starbucks coffee straight, but I must confess that when I get "coffee" there, its all about the frou-frou drinks. Mocha frappuccino is my standard drink, sometimes branching into the territory of Mint Mocha, and soon caramel frappuccino. Anyone else have Starbucks favorites? Or recommendations for less frou-frou coffee?

Sorry - corporate coffee ain't my bag. Much prefer fresh home brew to stale store bought.