April 5, 2006
Starbucks Coupon from China, Redeemed in Maryland
Starbucks in China A well meaning friend gives me a gift certificate from Starbucks. While we were in Shanghai.
So I pack it home, thinking I would attempt to redeem in the US of A, then blog bad when Starbucks shirks.
[sigh]… lots of bad things to say about the liberal Starbucks. But not this time.
So. So me and my older boy barge into our local Starbucks, it was close — they built one in my front yard — and bark to see the manager.
A pleasant young lady, the smiling shift leader, the liberal-chirpie-communist looks at my certificate.
The traditional Chinese calligraphy is difficult to understand; the only thing legible (to us) is the Starbucks logo.
“I demand redemption,” I’m a-smirking.
She doesn’t stop smiling. Looking at the certificate, although confused, she says, “Yes.”
I give her the Full Disclosure about Your Business Blogger bashing Starbucks. I ask her a few questions.
Meagan, from Texas, was transferred with her Navy husband to Maryland.
(This is the only way Maryland gets any jobs. The only way Texas loses any employees.)
Anyway, I ask her why she took my scrip from Shanghai. “It’s our ‘Just Say Yes’ program. We want to make our customers happy.”
A simple procedure, a simple policy. The bigger the company, the broader the audience, the simpler the sound bite.
Not unlike Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No!” Meagan’s “Just Say Yes!”
Revealing a positive attitude and an effective training program. Starbucks will never need Your Business Blogger consultant. Not that they’d ever ask anyhoo.
I don’t think Meagan is a communist. Or even a liberal, married to a Navy guy from Texas and all.
We redeem the coupon for a creme based yummie frozen chocolate chip 12 oz for The Dude to celebrate his home run.
We leave happy. Darn it.
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Thank you (foot)notes:
So why boycott Starbucks? Following is a cross post from Charmaine from last April.
Color-coded Shopping: Starbucks, Out! Dunkin’ Donuts In!
As reported by Brenda Goodman in one of my favorite lefty business mags, Fast Company, there’s a new source for color-coding your shopping and coordinating your voting and your spending habits.
There’s bad news for conservative coffee drinkers: Starbucks, 100% Dem!! And what’s this betrayal from Bed, Bath and Beyond??
Sorry buyblue guys, you heard it here first: this cuts both ways.
No more Starbucks for this girl!
Is this what’s behind the left-wing war on Wal-Mart? Hey, two sides can play this game. If Wal-Mart or Sam’s don’t got it, we don’t need it — (with apologies to Garrison Keillor).
(For more on political color, see here: conservatives are the new progressives. . .)
Update: Daniel W. Drezner questions assumptions in coffee cost in Which editor at the Washington Post owes Blaine Harden money?
Update July 13: AttaBoy points to a lefty humorous site where Starbucks is loved and WalMart hated.
see Basil’s Blog for a picnic.