finally an i, anonymous, that isn't just lame-ass bitching about moody coffee drinkers.
about 95% right. and you know what, that's closer than anyone else. kick ass man if i find you out there i'm going to buy you beer. not a "micro-brew," but a beer, like the rest of the country enjoys.
unfortunately, during most of my visits to coffee shops in portland, even getting the barista to make any audible greeting is a rarity. i've taken to prompting them: "usually i wait for a greeting before barking an order at a barista." to this i get shitty looks too, so what's a guy to do? i try to be polite, be genuine with thank yous, but i get the impression that either i don't look right for the shop/not a hipster or, somehow, manners are completely lost on people in this city. i worked for Tully's Coffee in seattle for 2 1/2 years so, yes, I do know how it goes with customers. some suck, and yes, i'm sure some of them brew at home. BFD. letting go of the occasional rude comment is part of the job when you're in customer service. being polite, even giving the customer the benefit of the doubt, is also part of customer service. and, sorry to say it, baristas, you have to EARN a tip and not just expect it.
and to the knowledgeable, FRIENDLY, and POLITE baristas whom I haven't met, sorry. too many of your rude, entitled, bratty, egoistic brethren have done a good deal to tarnish the barista profession, at least for this writer. keep up your good work and maybe i'll find you out there one day.
hey, so the big expectation for the holidays is pitiful sales for most all retailers. how's this going to affect the local portland businesses? any chance the mercury might address this? thanks
if you'd quit doing stupid shit that would make a police officer with a taser feel threatened then perhaps you wouldn't have a weapon in your face in the first place.
what is with this fucking pathetic bitching and moaning about the police, as if they are out to find YOU and YOU only? would you rather a police officer give a large benefit of the doubt to people he/she may find threatening? how would a story about a dead police officer or standbyer make you feel?
seriously. in order to enjoy the protections and security of public safety you need to understand they are working for you, the citizen, and they do not deserve your pessimism nor disrespect. yes, if you run from police who want you to stay that is breaking the law. yes, if you raise your arms in an encounter with police in a way they may see as threatening, you may be dealt with accordingly.
and if by "SEIGE HEIL!!!" you're thinking we live in fucking nazi germany, maybe you should hit some goddamn history books. or at least turn on a&e.
maybe you and your bitter barista attitude could stop berating the customers that keep your sorry ass able to afford your 250 sq ft hawthorne studio. and by the way, espresso is a natural laxative, making your quip about constipation a bit, er, shitty.
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