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An extra bold request

May 8th, 2008 · 148 comments

Jessica from Chicago spotted this gem at a Boston-area Starbucks.

Notes Jessica: “I wonder if all that special barista training they had recently included anything about dictating the topic of conversations allowed?”

Customers, Please try to not talk about the Celtics game. I am recording it and watching it when I get home tonight. I would really prefer to not know the outcome ahead of time. Thanks.

related: Our customers are always right…except when they’re wrong

FILED UNDER: "customer service" · cranky barista · Massachusetts · sports · Starbucks

148 responses so far ↓

  • #1   zombieBlanco bang

    I’ll have an extragrandegladthecelticswonwithadoubleovertimeshot.

    May 8, 2008 at 11:33 pm   rating: 67  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Ben

      Ha ha,

      The exact same thought occurred to me.

      good job

      May 8, 2008 at 11:47 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   RALPHY

      We’re out of that, how about an I’ll bitchslapyouuntilyouadmityouregaywithfrothontop.

      May 9, 2008 at 8:56 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   edhurley

      That note practically guarantees someone will spoil the game for him.

      May 15, 2008 at 9:57 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #2   Canthz_B bang

    Dear customers,
    Basketball is my life, second only to serving you.
    If you are discussing the Celtics game, do not ask for anything with a froth on top.

    May 8, 2008 at 11:46 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #3   Sarah bang

    If I was there, I’d start talking about Celtic history or music or something, and make sure to emphasize “Celtic” every time I said it, as well as other salient words:

    “Why, yes, I’m doing my dissertation on the literature of the CELTICS, surely ONE of the finest periods in history…no, this is not a GAME…”

    May 8, 2008 at 11:53 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   JLM

      Pronounced differently…but nice try.

      May 9, 2008 at 1:34 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   marcopuffin bang

      Can be pronounced either way… but nice try :)

      May 10, 2008 at 9:27 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   Barna

      No it can’t, but good comeback!

      Apr 11, 2009 at 9:36 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #3.4   Caitlin

      Late to the game, but it totally can’t be pronounced either way.

      Jul 31, 2009 at 10:43 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #4   Canthz_B bang

    I think the implied threat here is, “Or I’ll show you the real reason they call this Bean-town!”

    May 8, 2008 at 11:55 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #5   Lorrie

    I tried ever so hard, but it just slipped out!

    Now, that’s a BOLD extra.

    May 9, 2008 at 12:05 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #6   JesFoolin

    Do not mess with the people that serve your food or manage your data! But man that Celtics win was fuckin’ delicious. Did you see the play where . . .

    May 9, 2008 at 12:55 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #7   RunBarbara

    Dear Customers,
    If you don’t want a healthy wad of spit in your Frappuccino, don’t discuss the game. My finger has been in my butt recently and Im not afraid to handle your muffin sans gloves.


    May 9, 2008 at 12:58 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   me no dim

      ….or might that be your Crapuccino……

      Dec 7, 2008 at 1:08 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #8   Canthz_B bang

    So we can see, class, Freedom of Speech is often restricted first…

    May 9, 2008 at 1:21 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   zombieBlanco bang

      …in cities with nicknames like “The Cradle of Liberty”.

      May 9, 2008 at 1:58 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   Set To Evil bang

      Help Help I’m being repressed! Now we see the violence inherent in the system!

      May 9, 2008 at 2:11 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   park rose bang

      Rage against the caffeine!

      May 9, 2008 at 5:42 am   rating: 20  small thumbs up

  • #9   Craig

    Am I the only one who loves telling people?


    May 9, 2008 at 5:58 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Amanda


      Aug 12, 2009 at 7:35 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #10   WickedLady bang

    It’s not much fun watching something when you know the outcome, but still. It’s only a game. Not the end of the world.

    May 9, 2008 at 6:56 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   poochie bang

      Tell that to Earnest Byner.

      Also, for the British out there:

      Tell that to Jeff Astle.

      May 9, 2008 at 8:57 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   bellabeastie

      Poor, poor Ernest. Just wasn’t the same after that. Profoundly despised, had to take an After-The-NFL j.o.b. as a “barista”.

      a.k.a.. “coffee jerk” (thanks, Claw).

      Only to be reminded every day.

      (Just kidding for all you Cleveland fans who suffered as much as I did). Sigh.

      May 9, 2008 at 8:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #11   Brian

    Well, this is “customer service” in a nutshell these days. The sign might just as well have said, “I’m ok with the collecting a paycheck part of my job, but inconveniencing myself so that customers can enjoy their experience is really getting to be a drag.”

    Fortunately I’m not a big fan of the whole Starbucks thing to begin with. What? Your barista is self-centered and clueless. No way.

    May 9, 2008 at 7:31 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #12   Ryan

    I’m in Boston and I know the people here. That’s pretty much a null and void request – a bunch of people milling around. In fact the sign is MORE LIKELY than not going to cause a conversation.

    Celtics won.

    May 9, 2008 at 7:40 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #13   Sundance bang

    The fact that he even doubts the win shows he is not a true fan, and should have his viewing ruined.

    That said, at least he didn’t take the day off to watch the game live. That’s what I would have done.

    May 9, 2008 at 8:06 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #14   Amy

    At first I thought, god how uptight can a person be? And then I thought, if I was recording a F1 race or perhaps Everton v Liverpool, I’d probably feel the same way. Does that make me passive aggressive??

    May 9, 2008 at 8:13 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   claw71 bang

      No, Amy, it doesn’t make you passive aggressive…unless your intent was to flaunt your Euro-trashiness.

      May 9, 2008 at 8:37 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   Barna

      I find most things on here hilarious/creepy, but after this response I can kind of see where he’s coming from. Amy, Red or Blue?

      Apr 11, 2009 at 9:39 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #15   RALPHY

    IMHO–When your working in a place where people are wired with mega doses of caffine, in an establishmen that tends to be a cesspool of magligment conversations to begin with-I would think that the outcome of a wimpy Celtics game would be the last thing that you would be afraid of overhearing. Just saying—

    May 9, 2008 at 8:29 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   SHMALPHY

      IMHO-When “your” too stupid to be able to spell words like “malignant” (or, for that matter, use them correctly in a sentence)-I would think that perhaps you should avoid typing them out in a public forum. Just saying-

      May 9, 2008 at 11:52 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   bellabeastie

      You are a complete ass-wipe.


      Get IT? seeya.

      May 10, 2008 at 12:50 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #15.3   me no dim

      magligment……caffine….establishmen…..(hastily scribbling note so I can look these words up later in my dikshunery)…..

      Dec 7, 2008 at 1:21 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #16   claw71 bang

    That’s really kind of a moot point. Most of the people going into a Starbucks aren’t likely to obsess about sports. Now if you had taped James Lipton’s interview with Al Pacino and hoped to save the surprises until you got home you might be in trouble.

    May 9, 2008 at 8:36 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Wade bang

      “Rehearsal’s tomorrow at 3″

      May 9, 2008 at 9:15 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #16.2   melisa in boston

      depending on where you are in the boston area, there might very well be sports fans in a starbucks, for a couple of reasons:
      1. almost everyone in boston is a sports fan, including many students, who may be in the habit of hanging out at their local starbucks, and
      2. there are so many freakin’ starbucks here that their customer base is no longer limited to effete artsy/intellectual types.

      Jul 2, 2008 at 9:53 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #17   Summer

    this request is also clearly a freedom of speech violation, he needs to just stick his fingers in his ears and say lalalalalalalalalalala all day if he doen’t want to hear it!

    May 9, 2008 at 8:50 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #18   Sheepish bang

    Starbucks employees are so pretentious.
    I once tried to order a rice krispy treat to go with my late.
    The conversation with the ‘too-cool-emo-barista-dude’ went exactly like this:
    Me: I’d also like a rice crispy square, please.
    Emo-Barista: You mean a rice crispy rectangle?
    Me: Really? Um… whatever.
    Emo-Barista grabs the polygon shaped cereal treat with his glove-less hand and shoves it in a bag angrily and slams it on the counter.
    Me: Nevermind.
    I went to Tim Horton’s instead.

    May 9, 2008 at 9:06 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   RunBarbara bang

      I was an emo Starbucks worker and if anyone ever gave me attitude, they got decaf and day-olds.

      May 9, 2008 at 12:47 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #18.2   geekgirl

      YES! YES! I hear you loud and clear, RunBarbara. Decaf was our savior when I worked at Starbucks.

      Also, when you’re at work giving someone the best service possible and you happen to be missing a game that you reeeeeeeeally wanted to see–I don’t know, is it incredibly rude to ask people (and to say please, even!) to TRY not to talk about the game on their way from the register to the drink pick-up station? Once they are out in the cafe, you can’t even hear them unless they’re screaming or something. Give the kid a break!

      Jan 7, 2009 at 5:42 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #19   unholyghost2003 bang

    I would like to say that I am saddened by these Bean-Town folk. Having spent most of my adult life in Packers, Redwings, and UK territories I have to say I now suddenly doubt the devotion of Bostonites to the Celtics. Here in the land of cheese there is NO WHERE you can go that has electricity that will not have the game on the TV or Radio. Same in MI and KY.
    team tune the radio into the game!

    May 9, 2008 at 9:28 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   melisa in boston

      starbucks doesn’t let employees listen to anything except their own stupid music. no TVs either. trust me, everywhere ELSE in boston, that game was on. also, the game was presumably over at this point, hence why people would have been talking about the outcome.

      Jul 2, 2008 at 9:50 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #20   Mishee bang

    This reminds me of that movie Fever Pitch. I swear to God these fucking Bostonians need to take a chill pill!

    It’s just a fucking game!!!

    My blood runs green and gold, but when I miss the A’s game, I don’t watch it later, I just ask who won and if anything interesting happened. If it was interesting enough, it will be a clip on the morning news, or I can access it on their offical website within a day.

    (My brother does the same thing though, with any sport. He will set it on his DVR and then rush home with some fast comfort food, a bag of green, and a six pack and just go home, veg, and watch the game. It’s almost like a ritual of some kind… I just think it’s weird.)

    May 9, 2008 at 9:52 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Katzndogz bang

      The control-freakiness of the note notwithstanding, I think it’s just as PA to declare someone else’s passion as “just a ____ !” (without a trace of irony)

      Do we not all have something that is just a ____?

      Confess! What makes your eyes light up that also makes your friends and family roll theirs?

      May 9, 2008 at 10:04 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #20.2   pistola

      Mishee, nice! See you at the O in a couple of weeks when the sox come into town and wreck shop.

      May 9, 2008 at 12:06 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #20.3   secondsout bang

      Truth of the matter is that if you miss a baseball game, no big deal. Unless it’s playoff time. I’m hoping this is a recent note, and it’s referring to a Celtics playoff game, instead of someone being a douche about a regular season game.

      May 9, 2008 at 12:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.4   secondsout bang

      That said, I am an avid boxing fan (as my handle implies), and I have been known to tape fights I haven’t seen yet, and avoid the internet or sportscenter until I have seen them. One thing about nobody giving a shit about boxing anymore is that there aren’t likely to be any conversations in Starbucks that would ruin it for me.

      May 9, 2008 at 12:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.5   unholyghost2003 bang

      2ndsout, you ummm know that the Celtics are basketball not baseball, right? It wasn’t clear from your post. If it was just your post/my brain being unclear then carry on!

      May 9, 2008 at 12:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.6   secondsout bang

      Yes, UHG, I get that. Mishee was referring to the A’s, which is a baseball team. The note is referring to the Celtics (a basketball team). It’s currently playoff season and the Celtics are the team to beat. My point, though, is that the regular baseball season is so damn long that no one game makes a bit of difference.

      May 9, 2008 at 12:39 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.7   unholyghost2003 bang

      O.K. like i said, I just wasn’t clear if your baseball comment was referring back to Mishee or the note.

      May 9, 2008 at 12:58 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.8   Canthz_B bang

      I like baseball. Teams that think no one game matters much soon find themselves 6 games out of 1st place. The Mets or Yankees would be mercilesly booed should that happen!

      May 9, 2008 at 1:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.9   RunBarbara bang

      What’s a baseball?

      May 9, 2008 at 1:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.10   Mishee bang

      I can’t stand anything but baseball.

      And not just any baseball! A’s baseball to be exact! 8)

      I love Oakland teams, we go by the motto, “Either like our team or we will jump you and slash your car’s tires!” It’s just great! (but stay out of town on gameday!)

      May 9, 2008 at 1:12 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #21   Jaybird

    If I knew the outcome of the game and walked into that store, I probably wouldn’t have thought of saying anything about it….. until I saw the sign.

    May 9, 2008 at 9:55 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #22   WickedLady bang

    I can just picture it. Some random guy will walk in, up to the counter where a man is waiting to take orders. “Did you see the game? Man, the Celtics were awesome. No wonder they won.”
    The man behind the counter winces and slowly turns around. “Did you not read the note?”
    “What note?”
    “The one on the door.”
    “Nah, nobody reads those notes.”
    At that point the man freezes. He hears all the people around him talk. Louder and louder. All of them are discussing the game. He puts his hands to his ears, but the sound won’t go away. It keeps getting louder. Then he looses it. He grabs a gun from under the counter and…

    May 9, 2008 at 10:15 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Mark

      shoots all the ramekins in the cabinets! And then goes to the bathroom to… rearrange the decorative spooge-covered towels! People scream and flee, but someone has the gall to take a dump in the shower!

      …And that triple half-caf caramel dump-iatto was fucking delicious…

      May 9, 2008 at 11:26 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #23   claw71 bang

    Ok, coffee clown, I won’t mention the outcome of the game but let’s talk about you and where you’re at in life when you’re squeezing beans at 9:00 at night. Sure, the people coming in for a caffeine fix at this hour are pretty hysterical examples of human beings but is this really the best you can do, or did you pick the easiest job out there so mommy and daddy will continue to subsidize your t00-cool-for-school bohemian existence?

    And why Starbucks? No company better represents how Americans will sell their souls if the money is right. Starbucks used to be about good coffee, now they burn every batch of beans and they are every bit as shamelessly exploitative as WalMart.

    You guys squirt a little whipped cream on coffee that’s served 20 degrees hotter than it should be and then you expect a tip. Look, if you want tips get a job at Bob Evans but don’t think that standing brooding like a Cure tribute band entitles you to anything above your paltry hourly wage. It’s coffee, dammit and there are six of you post-grunge whiners standing around back there.

    So take the tribal expanders out of the linguini noodles you call ear lobes, lose the dreads and do something worthwhile. I know, you want to express yourself. That’s cool but the message your sending is “I’m a loser.” So do us all a favor, forget about the game you Tivo-ed on that digital recorder Aunt Selma bought you for Christmas last year, polish off that resume and start looking for a little thing the rest of us call a life, -kay?

    May 9, 2008 at 10:23 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Max Roswell

      Denis Leary called. He wants his act back.

      May 9, 2008 at 10:30 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #23.2   fdas0pufasd

      Boy, somebody’s got quite an attitude.

      May 9, 2008 at 10:54 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #23.3   Lisa

      I’m pretty sure someone’s just a bitch.

      May 9, 2008 at 11:04 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #23.4   Quite Contrary bang

      No, it’s Claw. And magnificent!

      May 9, 2008 at 11:08 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #23.5   ...

      Whoa…maybe try the decaf next time?

      May 9, 2008 at 11:44 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #23.6   Lannie

      Sit down. A lot of the people working there are students, which would make them the exact opposite of “too cool for school”. They make better wages and get more benefits than most of the students working retail. I wouldn’t have minded working there while I was at school.

      May 9, 2008 at 12:25 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #23.7   amazon bang

      So while I agree with everything Claw said, wow dude, did this post hit a nerve? Were you dumped by a Starbuck’s barista?

      p.s. Coffee Bean ftw!

      May 9, 2008 at 12:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #23.8   unholyghost2003 bang

      YES! lets argue with a humorous monologue! Can I pick the next one?

      May 9, 2008 at 12:53 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #23.9   RunBarbara bang

      Claw is right and way funnier than Dennis Leary. And probably less sweaty.
      I worked at the Buck. I was (and still am) way too cool for everyone around me. I glared at everyone that mispronounced Arabica and demitasse and ordered iced cappuccinos. It’s true, they train you to be really corrector-y. After a while, I quit and got a job where the REALLY cool people work:
      A record store.

      May 9, 2008 at 12:57 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #23.10   unholyghost2003 bang

      RB, the lone chick starring in her own version of Hi-Fidelity?

      May 9, 2008 at 1:01 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #23.11   RunBarbara bang

      What came first? The music or the misery?

      May 9, 2008 at 1:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #23.12   claw71 bang

      Man, some people don’t have any sense of humor. I know that there are a lot of decent, hard-working people at Starbucks but the ones who standout certainly fit my description and its a lot more fun to cast aspersions.

      People work at Starbucks because they think its cool. Then they get pissed because they deal with self-centered customers all day. Well, you’re selling $5.00 cups of coffee…who did you think was coming in?

      May 9, 2008 at 2:51 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #23.13   Canthz_B bang

      Truer words were never spoken.

      May 9, 2008 at 3:27 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #23.14   Nick L.

      I wrote that note, and I’m really suprised that it has been written about (including on Ball Don’t Lie, which is one of my favorite basketball blogs). I work at Starbucks while I am in graduate school and I need a source of income, not because I think it’s cool. I can assure you that if mom and dad were funding my living, I would have been at home watching the game live and not at work. But, thanks for the judgements. I definately don’t have tribal anything in my earlobes, I don’t think my job is cool, I don’t get angry about serving self-centered people, and really I don’t care about any of your social commentary about it. I live in Massachusetts where it’s a law that you need to have health insurance. Working there gives me alright pay, plus tips, and health insurance, so it’s a good deal and I don’t feel that exploited. I don’t know where you work that is so much more noble but you’re obviously very arrogant so it must be a pretty serious job.
      And, I definately feel like working at Starbucks on nights and weekends is much more respectable than grad students who live at home and mooch off their parents, so I guess it all depends on your perspective.

      I’ll polish the resume off though, especially after I finish this degree this summer. I guarantee it’s more impressive than yours. It probably is already.

      And, I hate the Cure.

      May 14, 2008 at 12:23 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #23.15   Avolition

      if it weren’t for the working class, you wouldn’t have a single luxury to throw your fat cat bills at. so seriously, don’t try to act superiour when you do *nothing* that benefits the rest of humanity.

      Jul 11, 2008 at 12:55 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #23.16   geekgirl

      I worked at Starbucks for two-and-a-half years. Nobody I worked with thought that they were too cool for anybody–and I worked at three different locations. Nobody was snotty, and the only time we resorted to “bad service” (the worst of which was giving someone decaf instead of regular) were extreme cases of assholery. That happened maybe three times during the entire time I worked there. The rest of the time, I worked my ass off to make sure that people got the best service I could possibly provide. And if I had to “correct” someone, I didn’t do it in a way that demeaned them. (Example: “Do you sell iced cappuccinos? Where are they on the menu?” “Our frozen drinks are called Frappuccinos, and they are all on the third panel of the menu right here! [smile]“)

      That having been said, I have been to Starbucks where I got exceedingly crappy service. It isn’t Starbucks’ fault–they give everyone the tools to give great service. The managers and district managers are to blame for horrible service.

      Jan 7, 2009 at 5:51 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #24   Max Roswell

    I think somebody’s just bitter they’re not playing basketball in Chicago this time of year.

    May 9, 2008 at 10:25 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #25   Quite Contrary bang

    After I order my extragrandegladthecelticswonwithadoubleovertimeshot, I have this burning desire to also let them know that Gilligan and the gang never got off the island either.

    May 9, 2008 at 11:10 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   WickedLady bang

      Careful, man. You’re taking this to a whole new level no one’s ever dared to go before…

      May 9, 2008 at 11:16 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #25.2   Mishee bang

      why is everyone assuming that the Celtics won the game?

      May 9, 2008 at 11:34 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #25.3   WickedLady bang

      I don’t know. I never watch sports, I just listen to what they say. :P

      May 9, 2008 at 11:37 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #25.4   Bellabeastie

      I live in Cleveland, and believe me there is plenty of misery around here today…

      But Gilligan and the Gang. That’s just too much to bear.

      Team On To Game Three At the “Q” :)

      May 9, 2008 at 3:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #25.5   Quite Contrary bang

      I could tell you who shot JR, but I don’t want to put you over the edge.

      May 9, 2008 at 3:50 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #25.6   Wade bang

      Dr. Malcolm Crowe is dead.

      Dil is a t-girl.

      Snape killed Dumbledore.

      May 9, 2008 at 5:06 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #25.7   anglophile bang

      Soylent Green is PEOPLE!

      May 9, 2008 at 5:10 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #25.8   Bellabeastie

      LMAO, QC ! Thanks, cuz I have a tenuous grasp on my sanity as it is, and I don’t think you’d want that on your conscience.

      May 9, 2008 at 5:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #25.9   RunBarbara bang

      Kaiser Soze is Verbal Kint.
      You dont ever find out what happens to Tony Soprano.

      May 9, 2008 at 6:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #25.10   Sarah bang

      Darth Vader is Luke’s father.
      Rosebud was his sled.

      May 9, 2008 at 6:29 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #25.11   RunBarbara bang

      Dorothy was dreaming.
      Bishop is a robot.
      Norman Bates’ mother is dead.

      May 9, 2008 at 6:34 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #25.12   Wade bang

      Lt. Commander Tom Farrell was a Russian spy.

      Kristin shot J.R.

      May 9, 2008 at 6:41 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #25.13   Canthz_B bang

      Racer X is Speed Racer’s brother.
      Voyager never gets out of the Delta Quadrant.
      Eddie’s father was really the Incredible Hulk!

      May 9, 2008 at 6:55 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #25.14   Wade bang

      Jeffrey Sinclair is Valen.

      Peter Joshua is U.S. Treasury official Brian Cruikshank (and the fortune is the stamps).

      May 9, 2008 at 7:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #25.15   Canthz_B bang

      Top Chef has better chefs, but in a cage match Hell’s Kitchen cooks rule! :evil:
      I know it does not fit, but I just like the concept is all!!

      May 9, 2008 at 7:45 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #25.16   Canthz_B bang

      Damn, Wade… What is Charade?

      May 9, 2008 at 8:04 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #25.17   Wade bang

      A great Audrey Hepburn/Cary Grant movie.

      Without a Starbucks or Boston Celtic in sight. :P

      May 9, 2008 at 9:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #25.18   bellabeastie

      Kaiser Soze is Darth Vader’s evil twin. If that’s possible. Luke has the hots for Dorothy, but she has that Scarecrow guy hanging around all the time. Inconvenient. Norman Bates’ Mom left town on a sled named Rosebud with Tony Soprano. They are now in the witness protection program.

      Eddie’s father was pretty hot, except for the green thing, but he could never seem to escape from the Delta Quadrant because they didn’t have any Starbucks and he couldn’t seem to get his motor running.

      Damn you, Kristin! You are now sentenced to Treasury Official in Hell’s Kitchen. JR would be proud.

      The End.

      May 9, 2008 at 9:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #25.19   Canthz_B bang

      IT’S A COOKBOOK!!!!

      May 9, 2008 at 10:02 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #25.20   bellabeastie

      Loov U, CB!

      Recipe for Disaster.

      Stir it up and bake for Eternity.

      May 9, 2008 at 10:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #25.21   josef

      …and the girls from Tha Flava of Love show would kick the girls from the Rock of Love asses any day…

      May 12, 2008 at 12:59 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #25.22   Mishee bang

      She had a penis.

      May 12, 2008 at 1:19 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #26   callmelou

    When I worked slinging coffee in Denver, I would specifically ASK people about the status of the Red Sox games! It’s not like a book or movie – knowing the ending doesn’t ruin watching a great game later!

    May 9, 2008 at 11:39 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   Sundance bang

      YES! Team-how-they-got-to-the-final-score-is-more-important-than-the-final-score.

      May 9, 2008 at 7:31 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #27   Boston Rob

    If you can’t switch to a shift where you can watch the game live, then get a job in a BAH or some other place where you can watch while you work.

    If you’re not willing to call in sick or go to some other extreme lengths to watch the game, then us REAL FANS in Boston are not going to have any respect for you and will probably deliberately ruin your day.

    BTW, if i were taping Everton/Liverpool I wouldn’t have to worry about hearing the result because I’d already know that Liverpool would win (go Reds..)

    May 9, 2008 at 11:58 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #28   pistola

    When i worked retail many moons ago I had this ass-bag boss who would always schedule me on sundays during football season, no big deal, i had tivo. What really got my goat is when he would give me updates on the game I was recording, i eventually told him to take the job a shove it mid christmas freak-out. Anyway, if customer ruins it while you’re at work thats the breaks, making a sign is a little much. I do give him credit for having the balls to make the sign. Boston sports fans in boston are like morons in utah, crazier than the rest of the bunch outside mecca.

    May 9, 2008 at 12:22 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Sheepish bang

      mormons. good one. now there’s Pretentious with a capital P.
      (i’m a happy ex-mormon so i appreciate all mormon jokes)

      May 9, 2008 at 2:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #28.2   Canthz_B bang

      Mormons plus a Freudian slip is fucking delicious! :-P

      May 9, 2008 at 3:33 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #29   secondsout bang

    Does anyone else find the word “barista” to be a really pretentious word? OK, if someone’s really an expert at something, that person gets a fancy title. Like in a fancy restaurant, someone is the sous chef, etc. But you don’t need someone known as the sous chef in an Appleby’s. Similarly, maybe the local teenager in your Starbuck’s can get a more realistic title, like “coffee server.”

    May 9, 2008 at 12:53 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   RunBarbara bang

      It goes so much deeper, second. Not only do they allow you to be called a Barista, they also give you aprons that say Coffee Master after you’ve completed an in-depth training program much like I imagine Navy SEALS go through.
      Intimidation sells beans to housewives that watch Food Network.

      May 9, 2008 at 12:59 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #29.2   secondsout bang

      Just like how Subway employees are “sandwich artists?” Christalmighty, like sticking a piece of cheese on a slice of roast beef, putting it on bread and adding toppings makes your sandwich a piece of art. Who the fuck do they think is fooled by that?

      May 9, 2008 at 1:12 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #29.3   RunBarbara bang

      This guy?

      May 9, 2008 at 1:20 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #29.4   secondsout bang

      Yeah, Jared… Even as many subs as he’s choked down in his life, I can’t imagine that he thinks of the pimply loser behind the counter as an artist.

      Jared… the guy who proved that the fad diet known as “eat healthier and exercise more” might actually work.

      May 9, 2008 at 1:48 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #29.5   claw71 bang

      I think Subway went with the “artist” moniker because it sounds a lot better than salami jockey or ham slapper. And to think, years ago the beverage technician at your local ice cream parlor was called a soda jerk.

      Try calling your barista a coffee jerk. They’d get all emo on your ass. Good luck getting the black eyeliner off your shirt and don’t even waste time with the stains from the hair wax.

      May 9, 2008 at 2:57 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #29.6   RunBarbara bang

      bun stuffer?
      meat slinger?
      pepperoni pusher?
      i could go all day. really.

      May 9, 2008 at 3:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #29.7   pistola

      barista is a little much.

      May 9, 2008 at 5:27 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #29.8   bellabeastie

      “bitchandImnotgonnagiveyounofrothyouselfinvolvedsuvdrivinsoccermom” is more like it.

      I have customers like that. But “barista” is totally pretentious.

      Am I a “sandwich artist” if my kids eat P B & J every day? I think I am. They like it, what can I say?

      May 9, 2008 at 9:57 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #29.9   mirax

      It’s from the Italian word for bartender, because over there booze and coffee are served at the same places.

      And it translates about as well as all the other words we stole to label our bastardized cups of froth. =P

      I used to work at an independent coffee shop, but it was the kind where you had to be nice to people. Even the stupid ones.

      May 9, 2008 at 11:56 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #29.10   bellabeastie

      I know what barista translates to– Pretentious, overpriced cups of coffee.

      That generally tastes like shit, and that is why they put all the other stuff in there.

      To hide the taste of the $5.00 cup of nastiness they sell some nasty bisquit on the side.

      So, now do you work for Stuckchucks? Where you don’t have to be nice to the patrons. Even the stupid ones ?

      That’ll help you when you get your degree in Telemarketing. Mom & Dad will be so proud.

      May 10, 2008 at 2:17 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #30   secondsout bang

    Is this officious PAN the “bold extra” that Starbucks is now serving?

    May 9, 2008 at 12:56 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #31   AliceBlue

    (am I really the first person to say this?)

    Isn’t this a Sports Night thing??? Orlando Rojas is pitching for the Orioles…?

    oh well, some days you just stand there, hip deep in pie.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:53 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   Selks

      I’d like to see a Dunkin Donuts employee try to pull that. No wonder Dunks outnumbers Starbucks in Boston.

      May 9, 2008 at 5:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #32   Jinx

    What exactly is the server going to do? Imean, who would be stupid enough to talk about it then go up for another drink?

    May 9, 2008 at 9:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   summer

      I went to starbucks once, my green tea was fucking delicious, but it was so hot i couldn’t drink it for an hour, AN HOUR! That’s a lot of time to sit and NOT talk about the game!

      May 9, 2008 at 9:58 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #33   TuesdayPillow

    As a Boston sports fan, my opinion is this:
    If you can’t sport the money to go watch the fuckin’ game or take the time off to watch the game THEN YOU ARE NOT A REAL FAN. DEAL WITH THE SPOILER OF YOUR SO-CALLED “PRECIOUS” CELTICS. I spit in your retahdedness!

    May 11, 2008 at 5:30 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #34   Fallen Angel

    That`s a fair request :)

    May 11, 2008 at 7:36 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #35   Quite Contrary bang

    I went to Starbucks yesterday. It was a little hard to tell the barista who won the game because they wouldn’t look me in the eye and they barely spoke to me.

    They were, however, very interested in my money. Particularly my change, which went straight back into my wallet.

    May 11, 2008 at 1:18 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #35.1   secondsout bang

      Hey, I’ve got a great idea! Let’s start a conversation about whether or not “baristas” deserve tips. Who’s up for it??

      May 11, 2008 at 2:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #35.2   Canthz_B bang

      Only if three bars on a slot machine constitutes a “barista”. Otherwise I keep my change.

      May 11, 2008 at 3:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #36   Freddy

    hahahaha…love it! I’d be fired for posting a sign like that. I’m jealous. Well done!

    May 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #37   Mung Bean

    Uh-uh. I don’t tip.

    I don’t tip because society says I have to. Alright, I tip when somebody really deserves a tip. If they put forth an effort, I’ll give them something extra. But I mean, this tipping automatically, that’s for the birds. As far as I’m concerned they’re just doing their job.

    Look, I ordered coffee. Now we’ve been here a long fuckin’ time, and she’s only filled my cup three times. When I order coffee, I want it filled six times.

    These ladies aren’t starvin’ to death. They make minimum wage. When I worked for minimum wage, I wasn’t lucky enough to have a job that society deemed tip-worthy.

    May 12, 2008 at 9:55 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   karla

      I’m very sorry the government taxes their tips, that’s fcked up. That ain’t my fault. It would seem to me that waitresses are one of the many groups the government fcks in the ass on a regular basis. Look, if you ask me to sign something that says the government shouldn’t do that, I’ll sign it, put it to a vote, I’ll vote for it, but what I won’t do is play ball. And as for this non-college bullshit I got two words for that: learn to fckin’ type, ’cause if you’re expecting me to help out with the rent you’re in for a big fckin’ surprise.

      May 12, 2008 at 10:39 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #37.2   Tammy

      I’m the exact same. I get such crappy service most times that not only do I not tip, but I resent having to pay the bill at all! Why would I pay someone extra for treating me like shit?

      I went to a very nice restaurant once with my husband on a slow day in a near-empty section. We sat for 13 minutes watching waiters and waitresses pass us by before we even got our drinks ordered! In my precious 13 minutes that was wasted, I could have devoured an appetizer and had my mouth watering as I smelled my main dish make its way from the kitchen!

      Oh, but luckily the manager came by to check on us, making his rounds I presume. My husband gave him an earful and talked to our waitress about it and she still took for-freaking-ever to get our meal ordered as we watched her flirt with another waiter all the while. She did NOT get a tip and I’ll be damned if I go back there again.

      Work hard for your money just like I do! It’s not my fault you have a crappy job. If you don’t like it, get a new one.

      Oh, and have a nice day :)

      May 12, 2008 at 10:48 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #37.3   Mishee bang

      I am PRETTY SURE you guys can take your opinions about this subject matter here where you would actually be on topic. As you can see from the 600 plus posts, these sentiments have been protrayed before (not that you don’t have a right to say them – but just don’t start this shit in this thread now, where there is a perfectly good debate that has been going on for almost 10 months on this other page…)

      *Whoa, did Mishee just ask someone to stay on topic?? (twilight zone theme plays)*

      May 12, 2008 at 10:51 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #37.4   Karla

      Mung Bean and I were actually quoting a movie. I presume s/he left the comment in jest and I just followed with the rest of the quote. I, personally, was not trying to start a discussion on tipping. I’m just a girl who can’t resist a little Reservoir Dogs reference!

      But yeah, I guess staying on topic might be nice.

      May 12, 2008 at 12:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #37.5   Mishee bang

      Hey now, don’t get me wrong, I am ALL FOR going off topic, just not the topic that has been beaten to death on another thread!

      Movie quotes? That’s my thing… I guess I should have a Tarantino film fest this weekend, cause I haven’t seen some of his movies (which is weird for a movie person like myself…) maybe one day I will actually catch Resevoir Dogs (not on basic cable though, I’m not that dumb to think I could get everything from a Taratino movie when it’s been edited up the ass… that’s why I refuse to watch Dogma on Comedy Central.. it just pisses me off!)

      May 12, 2008 at 1:06 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #38   james

    So what? Appease him. Its a polite note and a friendly request from a fellow person in society. It has nothing to do with Starbucks – except that its a personal note placed in his corporate environment.

    I have two co-workers that record tennis matches and go home and watch them. I see the headlines blown up on CNN and Drudge – but I don’t mouth off Andy Roddick’s latest serve to them.

    Sure you could go blow it for them out of spite for treating their Starbucks retail position in a controlling haughty manner – but why be a dick?

    May 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #39   senatorturer bang

    Haha… I was going to submit this one too!

    May 17, 2008 at 4:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #40   Crustimoney Proseedcake

    Well, I think that’s fair enough. If anything, it suggests the writer has a friendly relationship with the customers that allows this sort of request.

    Jun 10, 2008 at 9:31 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #41   all your baristas are belong to us

    [...] an extra bold request extra credit: starbucks gossip [...]

    Jun 17, 2008 at 6:55 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #42   wie bitte(r)?

    [...] peter’s rough translation: “anyone who doesn’t buy anything PLEASE leave the store!!! thanks.” (that’s at least one request we haven’t seen at a starbucks…yet.) [...]

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #43   john

    Yeah, if you live in Boston it’s impossible to NOT know who won a Red Sox, Celtics or Patriots game. Unless, of course you are deaf and blind. Even in that scenario, somethings bound to be written in braille!

    This person may as well have written a note to the entire city.

    Jun 29, 2008 at 9:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #44   cora

    apparently, the “bold new extras” are starbucks employees getting to choose which topics of conversation are taboo. good to know that person isn’t too terribly egocentric.

    Jul 17, 2009 at 6:57 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #45   from the department of disgruntled baristas

    [...] related: an extra bold request [...]

    Sep 30, 2009 at 9:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #46   jimbob

    It makes me sad that those split infinitives make me sad. :(

    Sep 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #47   Calvin

    OMG zombieBlanco please tell me that a doubleovertimeshot is how Starbucks prepares espresso.

    Oct 1, 2009 at 6:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #48   Elodie

    that is sooooooo bold!!!

    Slim Girl Diary

    Oct 2, 2009 at 9:56 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #49   Gas Boys: the Salonnières of Central New Jersey | Benjamin Phillips

    [...] related: A plea from your Boston-area barista [...]

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