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Aug. 22nd, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
Personally, I'd say that Slate article is better qualified to be the worst op-ed ever written...

The professor's op-ed was mostly just retreading the same wry ground as Dave Barry's (admittedly more humorous) columns on the same subject. Anyone who actually took that column seriously, deserves to.
Aug. 22nd, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
The original op-ed piece is pirated over at Behind the Times (Subscription Wall).

Frankly, I still think Foamy The Squirrel did it best in Small, Medium, Large and Coffee House Propaganda, but those were jabs at Starschmucks Starbucks in particular; they have a target and they have bite.

Fish's op-ed? A general jab at premium coffee shops, and yeah, I think it's not just tired, it's dead. It just doesn't hold together.

Come on... a New Yorker for whom the idea of a fancy coffee shop is new and scary? This would be a crappy op-ed in Cow's Breath, Nebraska. The espresso bar phenomenon is well over 2 decades old in popular culture, and dates back probably to before Fish's birth in the Italian neighborhoods of New York. There are still plenty of diners where you can sit down at the counter and order a cup of coffee and a danish. Even in New York.

I've seen more effective ranting on mySpace.
Aug. 22nd, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
Foamy rocks! Thats all I have to say about that.

Aug. 24th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
Yeah,he rocks, even if he's difficult to serve sometimes as Brody could tell.

Gneech, hope you don't mind me posting that piece.
Aug. 24th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)

Very nice.

Aug. 22nd, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
I preferred Garrison Keiler's (could be spelling that one wrong)take on it in one of his "Guy Noir" sketches set in seattle.

(voice of barista in quotes, paraphrased from my spotty memory. Guy had gone into a coffee shop while off in seattle on a plot-related excuse.)
"Welcome to $Pretentious_Coffee_Shop"
Gimme a large coffee.
"Oh, here we call that a 'Venti'."
... I don't care what you call it, just gimme a large coffee.
"no, no, i wanna hear you say it! Say... "VENTI"!"
So, you have small... medium... and...
(That continues for a while until Guy snaps, demanding two mediums)
Aug. 22nd, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)

Fortunately the corporate propaganda doesn't always get through. In the small midwestern town in which I live there is a somewhat out of place Fivebucks Starbucks, but the folks behind the counter generally have some sense and simply do the right thing when one orders using sane, standard naming convention of small, medium, and large. At worst they might bring out the different sized cups and try to explain their silly names for them. The customer simply repeats the sane size and they give up. Whether that customer returns is another matter. In farm country, folks know what bullshit is and where it belongs.

Aug. 22nd, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
The names used to make sense, they've just been stupid-sized.

They actually have a "short" which is small. It's not as small as a real Italian café cup size, but it's still small. It's pretty much disappeared from the menus, but they still stock the cups and have it on the registers.

They have a "tall" which is bigger than a "short" but it's the smallest size you'll see on the menu.

They have a "grande" which, in terms of "short" and "tall" really is a large. Only it's a medium, because the "short" isn't anywere you can see it.

The "venti?" It's a 20 oz cup, and it's Italian for twenty.
Aug. 23rd, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
*jawdrop* Thanks for the link. I think I need to post it to customers_suck
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