Scrooge likes the gingerbread latte (with skim)

So I was in one of my many local Starbuckses this afternoon, and I noticed a basket set up for a toy drive. The instructions ask that customers (excuse me, “guests”) leave a new, unwrapped toy or book as a donation for those less fortunate. I noticed right on the top of the pile was a copy of “Bergdorf Blondes,” a chick-lit novel about uber-rich, uber-skinny women whose greatest worry is that their local boutiques will run out of $700 Chloe jeans. I thought, “that’s not an appropriate book for children.” I got closer to the basket and noticed not only is it not a kids book, but the copy in the basket was marked “Advance Reading Copy,” which mean whoever left it there probably got it for FREE. What a chintzy “gift.” The toy-drop box is not, in fact, a garbage can for your shitty reading.

At my last job we did a toy drive, too. They instituted the “unwrapped gifts only” rule because apparently people would wrap up old, half-empty bottles of lotion and drop them into the box. Having an unwrapped gift means it will be seen as you drop it in, so don’t go through the recycle bin before you leave the house, ok?

People can be such jerks.

2 Comments so far

  1. Dhaval (unregistered) on December 9th, 2005 @ 8:18 pm

    That is unfortunate. People should either give gifts with all their heart or not drop in anything at all. And I won’t comment on Starbucks as I have been known to in the past . . .

  2. Jenny B (unregistered) on December 11th, 2005 @ 9:47 pm

    Are you f-ing kidding me? Half-empty bottles of lotion?!?!?! I no longer have faith in humanity. Until tomorrow when I see something that will renew my faith in humanity. Oy.

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