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August 22, 2014
She got a free drink from the previous customer. She was happy about that. But she didn’t want to pay for the next patron.
A Florida Starbucks manager, on the woman who decided to break a 10-hour-long string of paying it forward, by choosing not to pay for the drink of the person behind her. Enjoy your free coffee, lady.
13:30 // 1 day ago
June 24, 2014
22:06 // 1 month ago
June 15, 2014
matthewkeys:

Starbucks will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company and the university will announce on Monday.
The program is open to any of the company’s 135,000 United States employees, provided they work at least 20 hours a week and have the grades and test scores to gain admission to Arizona State. For a barista with at least two years of college credit, the company will pay full tuition; for those with fewer credits it will pay part of the cost, but even for many of them, courses will be free, with government and university aid.
“Starbucks is going where no other major corporation has gone,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and chief executive of the Lumina Foundation, a group focused on education. “For many of these Starbucks employees, an online university education is the only reasonable way they’re going to get a bachelor’s degree.”
Starbucks is, in effect, inviting its workers, from the day they join the company, to study whatever they like, and then leave whenever they like — knowing that many of them, degrees in hand, will leave for better-paying jobs.
NYTimes: Starbucks to offer free college education to employees

More of this, corporate America.

matthewkeys:

Starbucks will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company and the university will announce on Monday.

The program is open to any of the company’s 135,000 United States employees, provided they work at least 20 hours a week and have the grades and test scores to gain admission to Arizona State. For a barista with at least two years of college credit, the company will pay full tuition; for those with fewer credits it will pay part of the cost, but even for many of them, courses will be free, with government and university aid.

“Starbucks is going where no other major corporation has gone,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and chief executive of the Lumina Foundation, a group focused on education. “For many of these Starbucks employees, an online university education is the only reasonable way they’re going to get a bachelor’s degree.”

Starbucks is, in effect, inviting its workers, from the day they join the company, to study whatever they like, and then leave whenever they like — knowing that many of them, degrees in hand, will leave for better-paying jobs.

NYTimes: Starbucks to offer free college education to employees

More of this, corporate America.

21:45 // 2 months ago
February 10, 2014
That “Dumb Starbucks” routine, assumed to be the work of a comedian, in fact was the work of a comedian. “I’m proud to announce we’ll be opening our second Starbucks in Brooklyn, New York soon… This really caught on so I’m going to ride it out,” Comedy Central star Nathan Fielder said about the elaborate (yet modest) joke.

That “Dumb Starbucks” routine, assumed to be the work of a comedian, in fact was the work of a comedian. “I’m proud to announce we’ll be opening our second Starbucks in Brooklyn, New York soon… This really caught on so I’m going to ride it out,” Comedy Central star Nathan Fielder said about the elaborate (yet modest) joke.

19:41 // 6 months ago
February 9, 2014
Dumb question: Is it enough to add the word “dumb” in front of something for it to count as a parody? That’s something “Dumb Starbucks” is claiming.

Dumb question: Is it enough to add the word “dumb” in front of something for it to count as a parody? That’s something “Dumb Starbucks” is claiming.

21:14 // 6 months ago
December 28, 2013

On paying it forward at Starbucks

joproducts said: really? people with money helping other people with money- amazing?

» SFB says: You know what would melt your cold heart? A macchiato.

Seriously, though, I’ve seen a few comments like this about the Starbucks post, and I just wanted to say: It’s not world peace. It’s not going to change the world. It’s a small act of kindness. Spend too much time looking at it with a big magnifying glass, and you’ll go dizzy. What’s wrong with appreciating something on its own terms, anyway? — Ernie @ SFB

22:09 // 7 months ago
For days now, a Starbucks in Newington, Conn. has been the scene of an ongoing act of paying it forward. More than a thousand people have bought the drinks for the people directly behind them in line. Amazing.

For days now, a Starbucks in Newington, Conn. has been the scene of an ongoing act of paying it forward. More than a thousand people have bought the drinks for the people directly behind them in line. Amazing.

13:26 // 7 months ago
December 8, 2013

usatoday:

You might call it the Starbucks card for the 1%. Or this year, perhaps, for the 0.5%.

For the second year in a row, Starbucks is rolling out an ultra-limited edition, $450 metal, gift card for the holidays — pre-loaded with $400. But this year, it’s literally five times more exclusive. Last year, the coffee giant made 5,000. This year, it’s making a mere 1,000. Here’s what it’ll buy you.

In a twist, Gilt accidentally posted, then deleted, the cards a day early.

Pardon me, I didn’t know this was a thing. And I just saw that people are reselling the cards on eBay and for a whole lot more money. 

13:22 // 8 months ago
November 12, 2013

Fun fact: Starbucks owes Kraft nearly $3 billion dollars

  • 1998 Kraft Foods and Starbucks make a fateful deal to bring the then-surging coffee chain’s main product to supermarkets across the country. The deal was to run until 2014.
  • 2010 The much-larger coffee chain backs out of the deal, arguing that Kraft broke the terms of the deal by not allowing Starbucks to sell its products in K-Cup form. The situation gets ugly, leading to lawsuits and money fights.
  • 2013 In an arbitration deal which was signed through gritted teeth, Starbucks agreed to pay Mondelez, a part of Kraft which was spun off last year, a total of $2.75 billion dollars, which sounds like a lot of money. It’s not all bad for the Bucks, though: Since breaking its deal with Kraft, its profits have risen 62 percent in the grocery space. source
22:27 // 9 months ago
October 29, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: October 29, 2013

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), whose Congressional career ended in disaster, reported to jail today over a conviction due to his misuse of campaign funds. Actually, he showed up yesterday, but someone screwed up and he got a free day of freedom. Nonetheless, he’s a few days early: He was supposed to show up Friday.

Nearly everyone thinks that the Arcade Fire’s new album “Reflektor” is the bee’s knees. Except for this guy.

Careful who you tweet, or you might accidentally buy someone a coffee.

Brooke Greenburg, a 20-year-old woman who bizarrely never aged physically, died recently; her funeral was Sunday. Sad story.

Like dolphins? Like new species? Here’s a story with both of those things.

19:50 // 9 months ago