You probably don't know it, but every time you go to a Starbucks, 14 people behind you in line are shooting daggers at you and trying to kill you by modulating their alpha waves . . . and yes, it's your fault. You're the inconsiderate, self-absorbed douchebag, and you infest every coffee shop in America.
The following list is meant to serve as an open intervention to you all. There is hope; cast aside your douchebaggery.
6. Know what you want before you get to the display case.
when you get to the front of the line; most coffeehouses are smart
enough, during the morning caffeine rush, to take orders for the barista
long before you get to the front of the line. Know what you want, and
be on the lookout for the person peering past the shortening-laden
pastries to inquire as to your caffeination needs.
5. Tip your barista, especially if you require some ridiculously complex thing.
are tipped employees, just like waitstaff. You're already spending
$4.39 for your triple half-caf upside-down soy caramel macchiato, no
whip; toss a buck in the bucket . . . and don't be the douchebag who
announces it, either. Every barista knows when someone puts money in the
tip jar, so casually announcing you don't like to carry change
because it makes your pockets jingle is just a crass attempt at currying
4. Get off your damn smartphone.
If your email,
Twitter or Words With Friends is so all-fired important that you can't
take 30 seconds to order a drink and pay, get the hell out of line.
Seriously. Go finish what you're doing on your flickering electronic
leash, then get coffee when you feel you can live in meatspace for a
3. Don't crowd the pickup area.
There are 40 people in the coffee shop; do you magically think your “hand-crafted coffee drink” is going to be ready in the 7 seconds it takes you to push past half those people and stand directly in front of the pickup window? They call names and orders for a reason. Get out of the way until you see people who were in front of you in line picking up their stuff.
2. Don't be a space hog at the condiment bar.
standard condiment bar at a Starbucks fits three people. Same with
Peet's. Some of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf bars fit three or four, even taking into account the fact that we Americans are
notorious fatasses. Stand in one spot and reach politely for what you
need (“excuse my reach . . .”). And, for the love of Martin Diedrich, throw
your trash in the garbage can when you're done.
1. Learn to drink actual coffee.
long orders (that triple half-caf upside-down soy caramel macchiato, no
whip, for example) take forever to write down; they have to be repeated
because nobody remembers the order for the stupid jargon, and then it
takes forever to enter it into the point-of-sale system (i.e., the cash
register). Just drink a damn cup of coffee, would you? You'll get it faster, too–no more waiting at the pickup area for your name and embarrassingly long order to be called. Doctor the plain java at
the condiment bar if you need to–and if it's Starbucks, you surely will.