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You\'re all guilty.

You're all guilty.

The amount of vinegar and water spilling out on all sides of this story almost approaches tidal proportions.

I’m not even kidding. I’m almost at a loss, and after reading it four times, I still can’t really figure out whose side I’m coming down on.

I can really see it both ways — yeah, the customer theoretically is king, but then again, there are certain protocols.

Here, check this out for yourself, and get back to me.

Tiff Over Espresso Protocol Spills Into Blogosphere

My initial reaction is, “You’re ALL guilty of extreme douchebaggery.” However, in keeping with “kinder, gentler Jacque Jo” I’m willing to hear this out. I’ve read both blogs that are involved in this dispute.

But, still — there’s a part of me that can’t shake my gut feeling of, “J tapdancing C, it’s just coffee.”

(In the interest of full disclosure, I say that as a non-coffee drinker. I did, however, after reading this say, “You wouldn’t go into a restaurant noted for its high-quality pinot noir and say, ‘hey, pally, can I have a cup of ice for this?'” Maybe I’m pro-Murky, and that may put me in the minority.)


8 Responses to “Summer’s Eve Specials for everybody!”

  1. 1 lifeisacookie
    July 16, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    BREW-HAHA — all around! Interesting point here though – perhaps the real wrinkle in the barista’s apron?? [[ … some customers have the audacity to order an espresso over ice, then fill the glass with milk at the dairy bar — creating their own iced latte at a significant savings. ]] Seems like they all need chill with some Darjeeling for a bit and unwind …

  2. July 16, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I think that’s an overriding theme with me with this, too — this is an awful lotta pissed off about something as relatively insignificant as COFFEE.

  3. 3 Paige
    July 16, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    At first, it reminded me of hearing “what do you mean by tea with ice in it?” in about 5 restaurants in Australia.

    Then I finished reading it and realized that 1) some people have lost the point of what it means to be an adult, 2) my stereotypes of both Brooklyn and Arlington dwellers have been duly reinforced, and 3) I am extremely thankful that I no longer live in Northern VA, because I would probably be in jail by now.

  4. July 16, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I should hand out prizes for “most succinctly putting it to the masses” for you.

    That’s the thing I kept going back to … Yeah, the guy behind the counter might have been a douche to you, but you escalated the situation and now everybody’s seeing that nobody’s free of blame here.

  5. July 16, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    It’s not surprising that the blogosphere could have a slow news day — that’s almost the definition of “blogosphere” — but what’s up with the Post covering this? Did the war in Iraq end, or is the Post angling for a movie called “All The President’s Baristas”?

    It seems to me that (i) the barista could have handled things better (ii) the customer should have kept his dollar and his pen in his pocket (iii) the store owner was doing all right till the right-hook-to-the-privates comment (iv) defending said comment as the way people write on the Internet is just idiotic.

    Now that we’ve cleared this up, let’s work on peace in the Middle East…


  6. July 17, 2008 at 11:34 am

    We were talking about this last night at home, and we just kept coming back to the same thing — “Really? This is a full-out crisis? Now that we’ve fixed everything else, this is what’s got people worked up?”

  7. 7 Joe
    July 17, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    I didn’t read the whole thing, a few paragraphs are enough. The customer may have no palate for espresso, but Murky Coffee is a little too hip for the planet, IMHO.

    That being said, at the bar I work at you can’t get an Irish Car Bomb, because my friend, the owner and a Irish-American of great integrity and memory, finds the drink offensive. If you ask for a shot of Bailey’s and a Guinness, you will also be refused. If you put up a fuss, you will be asked to go away. The customer is alwasy right as long as he’s not an asshat.

  8. July 17, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    It’s that age-old, “Where do my rights stop and your rights begin” kind of question, isn’t it?

    I still think I’m kind of on Murky’s side. But I’m wishy-washy.

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