Thursday, December 27, 2012

Sugar and Cream Only, Please

Yes! This is annoying (tip to Instapundit):

Isn’t there something creepy about Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz having [in Politico's words] “asked his Washington-area employees to write ‘Come Together’ on each customer cup today, tomorrow and Friday, as a gesture to urge leaders to resolve the fiscal cliff”? Did Schultz take a poll of his employees–sorry, “partners,” he calls them–before ordering pressuring asking them to join in this lobbying effort? What if he were, say, the CEO of Chick-fil-A and he “asked” his “partners” to write “Preserve the Family” on the outside of cups and containers?

It is weird, isn't it?

What's next? Starbucks employees coming around Sunday mornings to ask me to support coming together in Washington?

As always, I'll smile, politely decline their offer, and note I'm happy with my house brand of coffee.

Perhaps customers can respond to these scrawled messages by telling the partners that since the partners feel free to offer tips to the customer, the customer has no need to tip them.

Not every freaking thing has to be political. Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and all that.