Last August we were visiting friends in Kenosha, WI. Driving around town we noticed a small commercial building at a major intersection. The building had two tenants: Starbucks and a payday loan store. Naturally, we laughed ourselves silly for obvious reasons.
Now we've arrived in Palm Springs for our annual escape from winter, and in just the first few days here we've already noticed two payday loan stores in close proximity to Starbucks stores.
Could this be a trend? Are Starbucks and the loan sharks in cahoots to ensnare caffeine junkies into ever deepening debt spirals? It's very possible.
I did the math: if you continue to finance your coffee with payday loans, after eight months a grande double latte with espresso shot, extra sugar, lots of foam and a side of guacamole will cost $845, including the compounded interest on the loans.
I'm glad McDonalds is going to give Starbucks some competition with the new coffee bars they have in the planning stages. When I come home from work every mornng, I grab a McDonalds coffe and I think it's just as good as Starbucks..maybe better. The cup I get at McDonalds is $ 1.06 and the same size cub at starbucks is $ 1.75. Also Starbucks hints strongly that tips are welcome even in the drive thru...Only drive thru I've ever seen like that. Also, I don't know if it's just me, but about 1 out of every 10 cups at Starbucks seems to leak from the top as you are drinking it...That gets old!!
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The only coffee I've ever had at Starbucks was when someone else wanted to go there, and was buying! I agree that McDonalds coffee is much better, and with my Sr. Citizen discount, is lots less expensive! Unfortunately, they have suckered the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) into thinking that their swill is worth the money. Me,,,,I'll stick to the Sr. Citizens special at McDonalds,,,thank you.