September 28th, 2010


Possible Bad Service?

So my sister, mom and I went out shopping one day and on the way home I wanted to stop for Subway. I go inside and pay for myself, it's all good but now they're hungry and go to this new little Italian cafe/pizza carry-out place. Once inside, they both decide on their own version of Italian subs. They never bothered to ask my mom or sister if it was dine in or carry out, and just assumed they wanted to eat in. The two employees apologized for not asking but my sister and mom were fine with it and ate inside. Since I thought they were going to be carry out we'd be home by now, I just went back out to the car to get my sub join them. Bad idea apparently.

One of the employees freaks out as I begin to eat my sub, taking my Subway and saying "Oh, you can't eat that in here, hold on" and took my sub away from me, took off the wrappers and put it in a little red basket to eat out of and handed it back to me. I was a little dumb-founded and thought it was rude he suddenly did this without my permission. I understand you don't want anyone else to see me eating Subway in your place of business (no one else was there btw) but he didn't even give me a chance to protest or let me go back outside and eat it myself (I would have, but he threw my wrappers away). Maybe I'm overreacting but still, I found this to be rude service.
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Is this bad service?

I'm asking because it seemed annoying and nonsensical to me, but I'm really not sure if it would be a management_suck situation or if there's a legitimate reason for this policy.

One of the dining halls on campus has a little coffee shop that uses Starbucks products, but is not directly Starbucks-affiliated. I used to work there, so a few of the baristas know me. At this point in the year, both the local Starbucks and this place have their seasonal pumpkin spice lattes, which always brings me great joy because I love pumpkin spice flavor in just about everything. My personal favorite at the moment is a pumpkin chai.

Anyway, I went to this place yesterday and ordered a pumpkin chai. (The ordering system here is that you write your order on the cup sleeve and hand it to the barista.) My favorite employee T was working, and she stared at the order for quite a while before this dialogue happened:

T: I don't think we can make this.
Other barista: Of course we can. Just add the pumpkin syrup to the chai.
T: No, no, I know HOW to make it. I just don't think we're allowed to.

She then pointed to the promotional sign advertising "Hot Pumpkin Latte" and explained that since this was the promotion, it was the ONLY thing they were allowed to make. HOT pumpkin latte. No iced pumpkin lattes, no pumpkin chai, no pumpkin fraps, anything. (She made me the chai anyway, since the restrictions weren't apparent on the sign, but warned me she wouldn't be able to do it again.)

The price difference between the pumpkin latte and a regular latte was exactly the same as with any other flavored drink (the cost of the syrup), so it's not like the pumpkin syrup is an extremely expensive commodity that must be conserved. And even if it was, wouldn't it make better business sense just to charge more for the difference, rather than not sell it at all?

Can anyone think of a legitimate reason that they might have this policy?

Edited for clarification: I think it is the actual management here that is to blame, and not the barista, for two reasons, both of which I know from working at this place in the past: 1) This particular barista is known for bending over backward for customers and sort of doing a wink-and-nod on policy things if she thinks she won't get caught, so I doubt this is a matter of her being afraid of doing the wrong thing. 2) The management at this place has had other rather screwy rules in the past, such as only being allowed to put 2 slices of cheese on a sandwich where other dining halls put 3 on for the same price, using the same supplies.

Mr. Transmissions in Parker, Colorado, I loathe you.

The service on my car started off very well. My transmission went out all of a sudden and I was completely without my reverse and my 4th gear. I had to drive it in 3rd in order to make it move. (All my fault, whoops. The things you learn when you're young). Anyway, I took it in and they told me it was going to take up to three days because of something. Fine, I'm on winter break from college, go for it. Three days go by, no call. I call them back and am told I will get a call back with information before the end of the business day.

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