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Old 03-03-2008, 09:25 AM   #76
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How much of a discount do they offer? What do they pay? I have a 24 hour starbucks down the street. I wouldn't mind taking an over night shift if they had one.
Toni, I'd imagine that the wage varies, depending on market conditions. Still, it's not going to be good no matter where you live. Here, with tips, it amounts to between $8-$10/hr.

The discount is great -- 30% off all merchandise & beverages. Free beverages when you are working. I've made myself sick with 'em and loved every minute of it We also get a pound of coffee or a box of tea per week as a free mark-out. The one really, really great perk that Starbucks offers though ... health insurance for part-time employees. I don't need it, as I have coverage through my regular employer, but it's actually pretty good coverage for a decent rate.

My suggestion would be NOT to work closing shifts. You get stuck with all the cleaning and set-up duties. From what I can see, the people who work middle shifts (not opening *or* closing) have it much easier. They do get a lot of customers, and the bar can get frantically busy at times, but I don't mind that kind of work. I'd imagine that most people don't ... time flies by, and it's a helluva lot better than pushing around a mop bucket at 11pm.
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:29 AM   #77
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Actually, I don't think that she's a bad manager. I think that it's just the very nature of the industry. A lot of the people willing to work for that kind of wage are transient workers (high school & college students), and aren't the most reliable.
We're running into this with some of our students who are transitioning from service industry jobs to entering a profession. I'm just amazed by the lack of work ethic -- coming in late, leaving early, and then demanding that we take extra time to catch them up. I'd NEVER have acted like that in nursing school. I'm actually pretty frustrated with a couple of my students because of their lack of reliability. I really don't feel good recommending them to an office because of this. Even if they had mad skills, if they don't show up it's irrelevant.

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I'm not willing to work my ass off for such a low wage. Thankfully (and I truly mean that, in a way I couldn't have understood two months ago) I don't have to.
I don't blame you. I'm glad you had the experience, though, so you know what you don't want to do. On a side note: aren't you glad you went to school and got an education? This is the stuff I try to get into my daughter's head, that it's great that she's a talented artist but she needs to think of how she's going to feed herself or she'll end up doing manual labor for low pay. Since I know she hates manual labor, obviously this wouldn't work for her.

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But damn ... I just can't go back to paying $5 for a cup of coffee, either Going to have to go buy an espresso maker and start doin' it myself.
I had a Barista machine for years and worked it to DEATH. I loved that thing. Now I have a drip/steam espresso machine and it's... okay. I'd love a Sirena machine but it ain't gonna happen. Make sure you get your machine while you have your discount. There is no way I'd pay full price. OUCH!

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How much of a discount do they offer? What do they pay? I have a 24 hour starbucks down the street. I wouldn't mind taking an over night shift if they had one.
*perks up* 24 hour Starbucks? Where?
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Old 03-07-2008, 05:42 AM   #78
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Not a huge coffee fan, but it can be nice at times. I had a few cups yesterday with ice cream cake: Two hit combo!
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Lately I have only had coffee following big meals at restaurants and hangovers. I used to not go a day without my cuppa joe. The Brits have changed me. Im tea crazy! Stumptown, please don't hate me.
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OK so I tried a SMALL McDonald's McCafe Vanilla Latte this morning for $2.49...........this is supposed to be the big deal that is comparable to StarBucks????? I think not!! I find gas station cappucino's are more tasty for $.69 - I mean it was alright, but I certainly wouldn't find it the least bit comparable to StarBucks and certainly not for the price - I'd rather spend $5 on something spectacular than $2.50 on so-so that I can get at any gas station. I just don't see what the big deal was. Too much hype - I guess you pay for the convenience of the drive threw???
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Old 03-11-2008, 05:38 AM   #81
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I didn't know that McD's had latte's...BUT their caramel iced coffee is to die for!!
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:26 AM   #82
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http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/ -- anyone? They have some of the best coffee I've ever tasted. Sucks that I only get it when I'm in the Loop because there isn't one close to me in my area on the northside, but when I get it, tis definitely a treat.
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