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Hillary Clinton Hurts Barista’s Feelings

Here’s part of what Hillary Clinton said in a recording, taken from a private fundraiser held in February, which shows Clinton laying out her assessment of Sanders voters:

“They are living in their parents’ basement,” Clinton said. “They feel they got their education and the jobs that are available to them are not at all what they envisioned for themselves. And they don’t see much of a future.”

“If you’re feeling like you’re consigned to, you know, being a barista, or you know, some other job that doesn’t pay a lot, and doesn’t have some other ladder of opportunity attached to it, then the idea that maybe, just maybe, you could be part of a political revolution is pretty appealing.”

2015-02-06 22.14.14 (4)Here’s what I say:

I’m 60 years old and I’ve been a barista for going on fourteen years. I stay at this job that doesn’t pay a lot because, frankly Mrs. Clinton, thanks to you and President Obama, I wouldn’t be able to afford your “Affordable Health Care” for my husband and myself if I didn’t.

I take offense at the snide tone you used in your comments especially the way you said the word “barista” like it’s comparable to slinging manure. It’s good, honest work and frankly, Mrs. Clinton, if you knew anything about business, you’d know that it is indeed possible to start at the bottom of that ‘ladder of opportunity’ and move up, especially in a company, for example, like Starbucks. I personally have known several individuals who began their careers as baristas and are now store managers and district managers. Many, I am sure, have moved even higher within the company or have gone on to hold high-paying jobs elsewhere.

Your suggestion that being a barista  is a dead-end job is ridiculous and short-sighted.  What my barista job may lack in pay it makes up for in other benefits, such as the aforementioned AFFORDABLE health care insurance, a 401K, flexible schedule, and tips as well as free coffee.20161004_193852

For you to imply that because I’m a barista I must be living in my parents’ basement is hurtful and inaccurate.

I must now go find a safe space where I can recover from the pain your micro-aggression has caused me.

#barista #HillaryClinton #healthcare #tobeapartner


True Starbucks Story

Yesterday a guy comes in and orders a latte.  Says, “Make it decaf, but don’t write on there that’s it’s decaf.  It’s for my wife.  She has a heart condition and she’s not supposed to have caffeine.  I love her to death, but she’s having a hard time giving it up.  So I buy her latte and get her decaf.  She can’t tell the difference.”  Good husband points for this guy, right?  Of course we complied.

Two hours later the wife comes in and orders the exact same drink.  Says, “Write on there that it’s decaf, but give me regular espresso.  I’m not supposed to have caffeine, but I’ve cut down from a quad to a double and I figure that’s good enough, right?” 

What do you think?  Should we have given her decaf?

ONE – One

By the time the book ONE was marked down from $10.95 to $4.99 at the Starbucks after-Christmas sale, I decided to buy it using my 30% discount which means it cost me a little over $3.  Frankly, we had a stack of these books left, so I guess it’s not worth $10.95, or even $4.99 to a lot of our customers to delve too deeply into their life’s purpose.

I bought the book as a hoot.  This is the kind of stuff I sometimes mock, especially when it’s sold in a Starbucks.  I figure it’s simply more of the hokey corporate, liberal, let’s-make-a-difference propaganda. 

For example, this past year Starbucks reconfigured their computer system so that a receipt isn’t automatically generated for every credit card sale.  The cashier is given the option of asking the customer whether or not they want their receipt.  Since the marjority of our customers don’t want a receipt we’re saving trees, right?

I refer to declining a receipt as “saving a leaf on a tree.”  Yesterday a customer laughed and said, “Yes, but look at the amount of cardboard in the box you’re giving me to house the one cupcake I bought.”  I agreed and then also noted his coffee is served in a paper cup with a cardboard sleeve.  You see where this is going.  It’s ridiculous propaganda that we care about the environment and the amount of paper we use and waste we generate.  Although we have started recycling milk jugs.  As with most endeavors, some effort is better than none.

Perhaps this book is printed on recycled paper?

ONE is filled with inspirational quotes and anecdotes about how one person can make a difference  Also included are questions for the reader to answer.  That’s why I bought it.  Because I find blogging a challenge and I’m always looking for something to spur my blogging juices.  Even if it’s something like this.

There’s a big heading a few pages in entitled “Ask Yourself:”

Followed by questions:  “Who Am I?”  “Why Am I Here?”  “What Am I Doing For Others?”

You think these’d be easy to answer wouldn’t you, if you’ve exceeded the half-century mark in your life and then some.

How do you answer “Who Am I?”

A female.  A U.S. citizen.  Married.  Mother of two.  Fiction writer.  Deep thinker.  Starbucks barista. 

At the moment, that’s all I can think of.  Does that tell you who I am?  Does it sum me up?

“Why Am I Here?”

Because God put me here.  That one was pretty easy.

“What Am I Doing For Others?”

Who knows?  You could be doing great things for others without even knowing it.  You really can’t gauge your impact on the people you come into contact with every day, even your own family members.  Take working at Starbucks for example.  It’s considered by many to be a lowly job.  But most people probably wouldn’t get that there’s more to working there than serving coffee.  It’s interaction.  Stopping into Starbucks is the highlight of some people’s day.  It might be the only interaction they have with another human being.  I might be the only person who smiles at them and asks how they are or listens to them for a few minutes.

I made my husband breakfast this morning.  There.  I did something for someone else. 

I think God puts you where he wants you to be and we all have the opportunity to minister to others wherever we are.  You don’t need a church or an altar.  A cup of coffee and a friendly greeting might suffice.

You could be ministering to someone every day and not even know it.