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Starbucks Stock Goes Up

In light of my experience observing the human condition, it's natural to assume than when people are given the opportunity to treat others badly, they will... If people might be permitted to stand a head above the crowd, even by battering others down to get there, they will. On one hand, I see this macrocosm created daily in my store; on the other, is this blog topic not just another reproduction of this same tension, only the roles reversed? Anyway, not to be swayed into self-deprication... My friend/co-worker and I one day observed that ironically of the business executives that enter the store daily, those whom have succeeded are those who treat us with courtesy, diginity, and respect. While those whom take every opportunity to complain, condescend, speak down, belittle, or blame, are typically the ones being swallowed alive in the office. Any attempt to shed a small percentage of the verbal beating they receive each day is well worth the cost. My friend/co-worker's …

Crazy Old Man

At what age do you specifically reach the "you're an old man, so you can do and say whatever you like?" The other day we had an older gentleman (well, gentleman is generous) in line in our lobby who asked the woman in front of him, "Are you an Indian?" She graciously responded, "yep, what part of India do you think I'm from?" He replied,"the part with the elephants?" No, sir, the part with the highly successful optomologists who own and operate two eye clinics in the area and vacation bi-annually in the tropics. We all laughed at his off-hand remark, "oh that crazy old man," as he continued to offer lewd suggestions to the "blonde, red-head, and brunette" working behind the counter. What a character, huh?! Why, in some cases, do we settle for, "crazy old man" - and in others, prosecute to the fullest extent of the law?
-rkc

Milk Money

Working inside a shopping mall, our Starbucks experiences particularly high volume on weekend days. Most of the day, we have a line of customers out the door to that model car mall management displays to encourage passer-bys to give out their personal information for a chance to win, not the car, but a courtesy phone call for an opportunity to pick up a time share somewhere in Arizona! On one of these busy days, I was working my way down the line asking customers what they would like to drink in order to speed the paying process at the registers. I came across a woman who briskly held up a boxed child's chocolate milk. "I just need this," she glowered. "Ok, sounds good, we will ring you up as soon as we are able." I turned to greet the customer behind her only to barely miss the boxed milk sailing right by my ear. Had this bundle of joy actually thrown a box of milk at me? Indeed she had! As I looked at her for some sort of explanation, she thundered, …

The Customer is Always Right

This is an introduction to a blog series entitled, "The Customer is Always Right." In it, I'd like to highlight key moments in my experience of customers blantantly blurring the line between right and wrong. As a practical application, I'd like to encourage readers to endure a thorough self-evaluation. The next time you're in line for service from your local barista, hamburger flipper, delivery man, banker, etc., consider, this person across the counter may actually be smarter than me. This person may have graduated validictorian from their high school, or speak three languages, or graduated summa cum laude (with highest honors) from a prestigious university, or been a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honors society, or retired early from a highly successful first career, or be a millionaire working for fun, or dance professionally, or sing professionally, or research alongside nobel laureates, or simply exist outside of said establishment's walls... A good rule…

Fantasy Football

This year I became a member of my extended family's Fantasy Football League - White House Rules. As it turns out, I'm pretty amazing. My secret? Making good choices. For example, this year, I chose to auto-draft my team rather than selecting players based on their teams' colors or helmet designs. I figured ESPN's systematic ranking of players based on their performance rating, may produce a more "competent" team, rather than the color coordinated team I stood behind previous to this year. However, certain decisions do carry grievous consequences. Did I specifically request a garish combination of bright yellows, faded oranges, and deep golds? Of course not! Although my team can't all wear catchy tiger striped Bengal helmets, or even sport a non-offensive Eagle jersey's color scheme, I settle for Plaxico Burress (Mr. Plax-tastic in my book) coming through with an unexpected 34 point total his first week - thrusting me to a victorious lead. My team, not…

Michael Vick... The Inhumanity...

"Indeed, people speak sometimes about the 'animal' cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to animals, no animal could ever be so cruel, so artfully, so artistically cruel. A tiger simply gnaws and tears, that is all he can do. It would never occur to him to nail people by their ears overnight, even if he were able to do it." (Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov (Pevear and Volokhonsky,) Rebellion p. 238.)

Interstingly the title inhumane seems to appertain to those dispicable, unimaginable, abominable acts which could never be conceived of as human. However, when do these premeditated, artfully torturous exploits occur naturally in the animal world? The human capacity to reason - the boundary between the man and animal kingdoms, must neccessarily include the human propensity for evil. Not only the ability to do and understand that which is evil, but imagine, carry out and moreover pleasure in an artfully crafted evil scheme. Does not our capacity to be ev…

2001: Blog Odyssey

"O, brave new world, that has such people in't." The world of blogs, open wide before us! I'm not sure we'll get any hits, until we do something really exciting, or leave the country and desperate friends come looking for remnants of our charming company... but, in the mean time, let's hear it for unwarranted life perspective!