United States of Motherhood: Child Proof & 55 Cents for the Love of Mike

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Child Proof & 55 Cents for the Love of Mike

Yep, winter break is still here and Christmas is gone, but you would never know from all the holiday decor that will stay up until late January. Heck, I only got some of it up last week, so damned if I'm not going to enjoy it. Heh!

As the funny above says, the kids are getting a mite old...

...as in I could use a break from our break, not that they getting older. I may be a Republican, but even I knew that!

Also from holiday remnants, I have still to send out my holiday letter because I have still to take a picture of all of us in front of the tree. I figure it will turn into a New Year's letter, but don't deny it might turn into a lovely Valentine's Day update.

On the positive side, I've been generally good on that diet I mentioned in my resolutions. I only had 2 pieces of Frazzleberry pie, a Starbucks cranberry bliss bar, 2 servings of roast beef, and a glass or two of cab. What? What?! Honestly, I did eat all that, but then I also skated for over an hour which is 500 + calories.

Guess what? I've lost two pounds even.

Also, positive is that I just bought my weight in photo albums, photo storage, photo boxes. Yep, another resolution. Now if we can get those pictures into the albums and the photos out of cardboard boxes into to those super cute, overpriced photo boxes, wouldn't that be fabulous?

I even tried to study for the LSAT yesterday while connected to laptop at Starbucks whilst waiting for kids at swim practice.

Seriously tried. I connected only after driving 20 minutes to a library to register my Starfucks gift card then driving back, so I could get free wi-fi closer.

Ahem. Ummmm, yes I could have just stayed at the library, but their music sucks and that librarian bi-otch would not serve me a cuppa Joe, that whore.

So, I drove back to the Kent Starbucks (the ghetto one next to Kent-Meridian High school if any corporate types are tracking this post) and spent more gas to get my wifi. Then, I opened my google reader and I saw that I've been over 1000+ for a month.

I don't know why I think it will change every time I open it.

My friends, you guys are just too wordy during the holidays. Heh!

So, I surfed instead while sipping my drip coffee, excited to know I would get a free 55 cent refill. Whoop! Except the Starfucks bitch charged me and said my card must not be registered.

Cue chirping crickets.


You charged me?

"No, I just got free wi-fi with that card for two hours in your store. You saw me. I was the only one here."

She kept insisting my card was not registered. I kept insisting it was. We went back and forth like PB and Eldest. I could have accepted the 55 cents, but damn if I didn't drive 40 minutes out of my way roundtrip to deserve that Starbucks Reward and she was going to give it to me.

She was pretty steady on the idea that even if it was registered, the deed was done and my card was already charged 55 cents.

Another barrista got involved and told me the same thing.

I said it was registered. She said it must not be. I said it was. I pointed out free wifi.

She finally said they had, "bad computers."

That was it.

Still was going to charge me for my refill even though acknowledging it was their computers.

Cue crickets again.

Again, their wrong, but I was still out of luck for my freakin' 55 cents.

I looked at her blankly. That's it. That's the best your Starfucks customer service can do?

I continued the stare down.

It wasn't working.

Sighing, having been in retail many years myself, I throw her a bone.

I ask her those famous words that I should never have to ask a barista since they are employed by one of those companies that truly buy into the old-fashioned idea that the customer is always right:

"How are you going to make this right?"

She sighs right back at me, gives her fellow barrista a dirty look, leans down and slap a free drink coupon at me. Then walks away.

Walks away. As if I am the bad guy...

Bitch! Bitch!

I did NOT want a free drink.

I am not one of those people and did not want to be put into the corner as one of those people who manipulate for free drinks. I have never sent food back in a restaurant no matter how bad. I don't generally make scenes at returns lines. I am compassionate to the service industry because for 10 years, those people were me.

But she, actually both of them, sucked barista ass grounds. Stinky ones.

I just wanted my 55 cents. I did not want a free drink. Was that so hard???

It's not like I used a dirty cup from the morning and was trying to get a free drink later that evening like some questionably ethical people I know. Yes, I have a former friend that did that.

Not me.

Too honest.

But damn it I had been there the whole time as their only customer when I went up for the refill.

Am I obsessing?

Yes, I don't care. This was a Starfucks injustice.

I had been in that store, vitually alone, for the whole time.


With a card that was REGISTERED.

Remember this:

Yep, me. Better Off Dead classic. I waaaant my 55 cent!!

I called my sister who manages a Starbucks in another state.

Yes, my friends. I have Starbucks therapist, don't you?

We talked it out.

I was volatile and unstable. She talked me down.

Turns out sometimes gift cards registered for Starfucks rewards sometimes need 24 hours before they work at the barista's register, but then my sister said she said that they should have known that and even if not, should have voided it just to make me the customer happy.

They could have voided the transaction in less than 30 seconds. No need to escalate. No money out of any skanky barrista wallet.

I just wanted my 55 cents. Did I mention that?

As I write this post, CG brought me my first coffee of the day. Now see, that's a good man whore personal barrista. I might stay here after all to get started on those LSAT practice tests...

...except those darn kids keep trying to get in and surprise, we have less than an hour to be at practice again.

Maybe I'll give the Starfucks on Mercer Island a try?

Mercer Island Starfucks? When Mercer Island has a library that allows coffee, has better lighting, cozier seating, and better wi-fi than Starbucks.

They doooo have a record of letting my kid get beat up though?


Or maybe I'll just use my account at the pool. Then maybe I'll just peek at my reader again...


So I used my free drink at Starfucks Mercer Island. I am sipping my Venti latte with extra shot and Equal as I clink keys at a table. However, I felt sooooooo guilty using a free drink coupon that I bought PB a kids' hot chocolate. ..that she didn't want, so it wouldn't be a free visit.

See! No parasite here.

Uhhhh....'cept I had no cash. Nada. Used every last quarter on the car wash yesterday.

I wasn't going to charge an 80 cent drink, so I added two scones.


Fricklebiotch! There's goes those dag'nam resolutions again.

1 comment:

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

I make my own coffee...just the way I like it...each and every time...

I do agree...you should have gotten your .55c back...shame on them..shame.

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