Attention, Snooty Blonde Woman who wiped out the entire pastry case at Starbucks:
Riding here in a limousine does not give you the right to treat the employees (namely, my friend Wanda) like dirt. Don’t deny it – I was behind you in line, and heard every word while starving to death. Okay, not to death. But starving.
So what if you are Pat Benatar’s* coffee slave? It’s not generally considered nice to order the staff around, then ask, “Have they started my cups** yet?” First of all, the “they” of whom you speak is Wanda, who is currently bagging your two trillion pastries, so no, she has not started your cups. And when she replies it will take four years (ahem, minutes) for your coffee to brew – since you need gallons of it – realize that Starbucks was not warned they would get hit by Hurricane Coffee Slave today.
Appropriate ways to treat your barista include the following: gratitude, in abundance. A non-demanding attitude***. Not taking ten minutes to order when you see Wanda is the only one available to ring people up, and that a line has formed behind you to the door. While I’m on the subject of lines – next time, it might be a good idea to step aside when you wait for your order, too. It looked like Wanda was having a hard time taking everyone else’s requests while you waited (impatiently) for your coffee right in front of her cash register. Just a thought.
So, in case you’re wondering, everyone in the entire building watched your drama unfold. Of course, I heard every word because I was behind you the whole time****. Even though the lowly baristas didn’t look like you’d offended them, there is indeed a reason you carried your spoil back to the limo all by yourself: solidarity.
It’s a good thing I wanted oatmeal, since you took all the scones.
In the future: be nice, and the world will carry your coffee for you. You will spill less, and therefore become a happier person.
All my best wishes,
The Girl with the Growling Stomach
*Hearsay. A woman in the drive-through told my friend Ann, who told me. Pat Benatar, if your coffee slave is a charming angel, my sincerest apologies.
**”Started my cups?” For future reference, this doesn’t really make sense. Do you mean, “Started making my drinks?” or “Did she get my order?” How, exactly, does one start a cup?
***This means, you say, “May I please have…” instead of, “Give me this, that, and every one of those, at this very instant. Please grow three more arms, while you’re at it.”