Weird Cool Points
I am starting to get the feeling that something that annoys the crap out of me is actually viewed as a status symbol by an informal cult of Starbucks-goers. Many days I sit at this table that is right next to the condiment stand (I don’t know if milk and sweeteners are condiments, but I don’t know what to call them). Tens, nay, even hundreds of humans walk in and out of this particular Starbucks each morning, many of them stopping to add some leche or twenty equals to their coffee. And each day there are an astonishing number of people who pop the lid off their coffee and proceed to pour what seems like half the cup into the garbage.
This has always been an annoyance for me, perhaps because I’ve been able to get to know the employees and this makes their job harder since it makes the bag heavy. Or maybe it’s just because asking for some room in their coffee isn’t that hard–the order-taker usually asks if you want any. But I’ve started to get the sense that many of the coffee dumpers actually think this is something that distinguishes their Starbucks drinking and makes them cool. Kind of like the short-lived fad of using a straw to drink your coffee. Today this guy was actually looking around while he was dumping and the look on his face wasn’t one of not wanting people to see him, it was like he was trying to see if anyone noticed how cool he was. Weird!