Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Sit Anywhere You Like

One of the upshots of Starbucks’ consciousness-raising over who gets to sit in their coffee houses without drawing the attention of the constabulary is that they will make it their official policy that you don’t actually have to buy something to earn a place to sit there.

That’s good to know; I’ve been doing it for years (although I usually do buy something; after all, those blueberry scones are pretty good), and the local Starbucks was my go-to place for WiFi last September after Hurricane Irma, free or otherwise.  Now I won’t have that tickling feeling of guilt when I stop in and boot up without buying a scone or a tall plain cuppajoe.

But that’s upsetting to some conservatives.  Megyn Kelly, for instance.

“They’re allowing anyone to stay and use the bathroom even if they don’t buy anything, which has a lot of Starbucks’ customers saying, ‘Really?’” Kelly remarked on her Today Show program. “Because now the Starbucks are going to get overwhelmed with people and is it really just a public space or is it not?”

“For the paying customers who go in with their kids, do you really want to deal with a mass of homeless people or whoever is in there — could be drug addicted, you don’t know when you’re there with your kids paying for the services of the place.”

For those of you who are numb to dog whistles, what she’s really saying is that Starbucks is now the equivalent of the Port Authority bus terminal and their bathrooms are open to just anyone, not just rich white people paying five bucks for a latte.  Oh, how we’ve all caved to political correctness and now she has to sit next to someone who is undeserving of being in her presence.

Or maybe she’d rather see what I saw yesterday morning when I got to the office before dawn.  It’s located in downtown Miami and there are a number of homeless people who spend the night in sheltered areas until the building opens.  As I approached the entrance, I saw a man standing outside on the wheelchair ramp where he’d spent the night.  From his stance and the fact that I’m a man who knows what a certain stance means, I knew he was taking a leak against the side of our building.  As I got near the door, he tried to mop it up with the newspapers he’d just used as his bed.  I didn’t say anything to him, but I did inform the security guard who was arriving of what I’d seen so they could get someone to hose the ramp down.  I didn’t call the cops, and if the man had asked, I’m pretty sure the guard would have let him in to use the rest room on the first floor instead of peeing on the ramp.

I’ve often said it would be nice if there was a Starbucks in the neighborhood, and there’s another reason now; to show a little bit of kindness and accommodation to people who don’t have multi-million dollar contracts to sneer at others on TV.

2 barks and woofs on “Sit Anywhere You Like

  1. I’m trying to imagine Ms. Kelly even setting foot in a Starbucks to begin with. I can guarantee it’s some random junior assistant of hers who will have to face these fresh horrors. We should I suppose be moved by her compassion for the sensibilities of that poor assistant, being forced to wait that minute or two in the express !Celebrity! latte pickup line now in such close proximity to the noxious offal of the world. Perhaps even being forced by circumstance to gaze, however briefly, upon!

    Her fainting-couch theatrics about the drug-addicted, however win Best-in-Show for Classist Clueless Hypocricy. We can only speculate at the various addictions of her on- and off-camera colleagues to painkillers, cocaine, alcohol, etc. but I suppose because these people are functioning, well-paid, most likely white, and have someplace they can go to wash up every night, she can ignore them in good conscience.

    We can only hope her show will go the way of Roseanne’s, and the sooner the better. Poor Ms. Kelly may be forced in the near future to touch the same door handles and counters, tread the same sidewalks and floors, breathe the same air, smell the same smells, and–God help the poor woman!–use the same toilets used by the rest of us.

  2. Hey maggot k, how about this. Try some compassion (I know it’s hard for the elitist whiteys like you) but, offer a cup of coffee, donut, etc. Conversation. Maybe have ’em on your show. Interview. “What can we do for you?”
    TRY some GD empathy & HELP! Damn, i hate people like you!!

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