What would you give to your morning friends to "Thank" them.

Each morning, my workday is started on the right path and a big smile on my face by one simple little part of my routine… my stop at Starbucks.

Without fail, my Venti Bold with room is ready when I walk through the door regardless of the long line, I’m greeted with a friendly hello, given a compliment on my outfit or accessories or SOMETHING, given an iTunes download card of the day and sent on my way with some kind words. Sometimes, I’m even able to cut the long line since my morning friends know that I’m going to give exact change.

Sounds like nothing, but it’s quite the luxury to me – and I’m starting to think that maybe I’m a bit of a luxury for them as well. My Starbucks is always filled with a LARGE amount of bitchy Upper East Siders that bark their demanding orders, throw out snide remarks, mill around without caring about the fact that other people are waiting, block everyone’s way with their crazy strollers, and other basic inconsiderate behavior.

Is it really that hard to be courteous and thank someone for dealing with your bullshit every fucking morning. Apparently, it is. I understand why my neighborhood gets the reputation that it does.

My favorite woman is the one that orders her Grande Iced Coffee in a Venti Cup with a side of Whipped Cream in yet ANOTHER cup. Wait… it gets better. She adds about a cup of half-and-half, 6 Splenda, and about a half inch of Vanilla powder before topping it off with the whipped cream. God FORBID there isn’t enough of any of these add on’s – if so, she’ll start to bitch that they can’t do their simple job and call them idiots. I’ve been tempted to bitch-slap her on more than one occasion, but she’s not worth it. She doesn’t seem like the type of person that would ever learn any lesson. Best thing was that her trainer walked in one day while she was performing her routine. HA! You had to see her back-peddling and telling him not to look. Payback’s a bitch isn’t it.

Anyway, I do want to thank my morning friends for being so kind and considerate and thoughtful and friendly to me every morning without fail – despite the LARGE amount of shit they have to deal with from my bitchy fucking neighbors.

Thing is, I really do want to do something for them.
If you’ve got any suggestions, I’m all ears.

2 Comments so far

  1. mamababoo (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 9:42 pm

    Each year I visit Manhattan for 2 weeks at Christmas, staying on the Upper East Side. Usually I visit Starbucks twice a day. Always I get good service. I take the time to say thank you and tip 20% in the tip jar. Haven’t bumped into the woman or man you describe, but if indeed, that’s their power point, they should tip 100%.What sense does it make to be rude to people who are trying to serve you?

  2. Jessica (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 9:21 am

    Supposedly, when you purchase something that requires personal service, you’re supposed to tip 15-20%. I’d just recommend adding a tip to the tip jar every time you make a purchase – that way every person who may serve you receives a "thanks" from you. Or if the same people serve you each and every time, perhaps you could thank them like you would a doorman: give each a gift [preferable in the form of cash] when the holidays arrive.

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