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(Seattle Times)   The Bitter Barista won't have that crappy job or stupid boss to blog about any more   (seattletimes.com) divider line 31
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2013-02-12 11:30:50 AM  
7 votes:
Anyone slagging this guy is an idiot. This guy was a barista. With a degree in philosophy!!! He shouldn't have to deal with the infantile mewlings of a bunch of proles.
Why is it so hard for sheeple to recognize their betters and give them the respect that they so richly deserve?
2013-02-12 12:51:42 PM  
4 votes:

YixilTesiphon: buttery_shame_cave: FTA: 'an astounding 1640 coffee shops...' (emphasis mine)

you know how i can tell the author hasn't lived in seattle that long?

/srsly one has but to look at the average 2 shops/city block and extrapolate...

Yes, this is two Starbucks across the street from each other on Street View.

(That Barnes and Noble serves Starbucks too.)


I'm sick and tired of all the Starbucks bashing.
 I met my wife at a Starbucks.
Not at the same Starbucks, but we saw each other at different Starbucks across the street from each other.
2013-02-12 11:29:36 AM  
4 votes:

SnarfVader: he got a bachelor's degree in philosophy

And that's why he's a barista. Excuse me. Ex-barista.


Right, dude.  You look down your nose at him now but just you wait until his hip-hop alter ego "Spekulation" explodes.  You're going to eat your words that day.
2013-02-12 09:28:21 AM  
4 votes:
"What a coincidence! You have a gluten allergy, and I don't care that you have a gluten allergy!"

To be fair, this ought to be on a T-shirt.
2013-02-12 12:08:24 PM  
3 votes:
"A New Jersey native, he says he got a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and came to Seattle in 2005 because "I followed a girl."
He's now married to a different woman, and they live in a Capitol Hill apartment.
The barista job, Watson says, was to help make ends meet while he pursued a career as a hip hop artist going by the name "Spekulation." That's what he means about baristas being artistic types."


So many poor life choices in this, I dont even know where to begin....
2013-02-12 12:04:31 PM  
3 votes:

WhippingBoy


GORDON: I read the entire article.

I can't decide if the guy is more of a tool, or more of a loser.

He's a tooloser.


Tooloser Lautrec
2013-02-12 12:01:09 PM  
3 votes:
It's too bad he can't be fired from blogging too.
2013-02-12 10:49:50 AM  
3 votes:
He should buy a donkey and a big ole floppy 49ers hat and go "Spekulatin'" for some golden beats.
2013-02-12 10:46:48 AM  
3 votes:
he got a bachelor's degree in philosophy

And that's why he's a barista. Excuse me. Ex-barista.
2013-02-12 02:51:42 PM  
2 votes:
I know just how this guy feels. I, too, am working a dead end job while I wait for my carrier writing My Little Pony fanfiction to land me a sweet writing contract. I'm totally working on the next Fifty Shades of Gray!

Oh wait, no. I have a degree in engineering and make a good salary in a low cost of living area where I rarely have to put up with snow or blizzards.

Sorry. I got confused between myself and a complete loser for a second.

/complete is the import word there
2013-02-12 12:30:15 PM  
2 votes:
This dude's resume must be hilarious.
2013-02-12 11:41:01 AM  
2 votes:

lendog: I find it funny that he would punish people for asking and confirming decaf.  Really dude?  You are going to punish someone that wanted to verify that you do your job correctly.  They wouldn't need to verify if you didn't give everyone caffeinated coffee in the first place.


He's better than you. Who are you to question him?
2013-02-12 10:11:08 PM  
1 votes:

buttery_shame_cave: FTA: 'an astounding 1640 coffee shops...' (emphasis mine)

you know how i can tell the author hasn't lived in seattle that long?

/srsly one has but to look at the average 2 shops/city block and extrapolate...


Yes, which is exactly what the author finds astounding.

There are a lot of coffee shops in the Seattle area. He is astounded at just how many.

See, it's really not that hard to ... Oh, forget it.
2013-02-12 02:53:22 PM  
1 votes:

99.998er: Since I live in Atlanta, I can wish Mr. Bitter Barista good luck on his hip-hop career. Self promoting hip-hop artists here are more abundant than coffee shops in Seattle. However, it might be interesting to hear this dude rap about epistemology, metaphysics, and especially ethics. I am sure his audience will be huge in that basement makeshift cafe.


That seems almost so ridiculously niche that you might be able to lure in hipsters.

/Y'all jus' be hatin' on 'im 'cause he doin' what ya Kant."
//apostrophe
2013-02-12 02:44:59 PM  
1 votes:
bryanoji.com

Young woman is OMG NO WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY when judge gives her jail time for giving him the finger in court.

All I thought about when reading this article.  I mean, who would ever have thought that a person working a Customer Service position could get fired for giving deliberateely bad customer service?  I mean, that is soooooooo unfair!  And getting fired for insulting your boss?  Like, you can't do that!  It's, like, against the constitution... or something.
2013-02-12 02:16:52 PM  
1 votes:
nickeyx:

But you're right, it's totally ok for a grown, well-adjusted adult to throw a tantrum over not getting their way in a coffee shop.

Because asking for something multiple times is throwing a tantrum.  Okay, bunky.

That's why the retail employees of the world look down on others.

Not the ones I know. They have problems with people who don't tip, and I hear a lot of racial stuff (white servers, black customers).  The ones who look down are a small number: usually they work somewhere with customers who make pretty good money, such as a fine dining place. They've been in the job for years and aren't going anywhere. They see customers who make a farkton more money than them and are resentful.

YMMV

Being polite instead of acting like a boorish, self-important child is key. Treat the person on the other side of the counter like a human being, and receive the same in return.

And when, say, 80% of the customers do that, and 20% are d-bags, most are sensible enough to take the good with the bad. Some don't, and start hating all of the customers. Getting all passive-aggressive: oh, if you ask me for decaf just one more time, even though I've not made eye contact or otherwise made you too confident that I'm paying attention to what you're saying, oh I'm going to mess with you.

Here's another news flash: many times how you get treated is based on what the customer right before you, who was a d-bag, did to the server's attitude.

 I don't care how important you think you, your job, or your illegally parked 3 series are, you're just another douche bag who doesn't know how to use a coffee pot.

No, I'm the douche bag who is a customer.  At the moment, my time is important - I'm waiting for you to make me some coffee.  If I stand around talking to my friends or on the phone before ordering, that's cool.  If you're doing that when you should be taking my order, making my order, cleaning up a table so I don't have to feel like I'm eating on a rotation in a prison cafeteria - its not.

I know how to use a coffee pot. Be glad I'm too lazy to do it sometimes or you wouldn't have a farking job.
2013-02-12 01:42:16 PM  
1 votes:

Lusiphur: All I can say is that from a design perspective, his design is atrocious. And his writing is actually worse. And I say this as a bitter 20-something (well, not too bitter anymore, and almost not a 20-something, but still...). It actually makes me seriously embarrassed to be a gen-Y creative type, and if he gets a coffee table book, I might track this asshole down and punch him in the cock.

Also, can we please drop this whole "Baristas are creative artists who only sling coffee to pay the bills until their careers take off, and are way overqualified to sell coffee, anyway" shtick? The unemployment rate for BA holders is under 4%, and that's not counting freelancing. If you have any kind of marketable skill, you shouldn't ever have to work in a coffee shop for minimum wage. Go out and make your own damn job. Or go into a related field. With a philosophy degree, you should have no problems getting into a corporate ethics program, and those jobs are growing like crazy, and pay decently well.


His personal ethics are now publicly shaky (at best). Would that help him or hurt him in corporate ethics?

Guess he could go to law school. If he found a way to pay for it...
2013-02-12 01:38:27 PM  
1 votes:
Since I live in Atlanta, I can wish Mr. Bitter Barista good luck on his hip-hop career. Self promoting hip-hop artists here are more abundant than coffee shops in Seattle. However, it might be interesting to hear this dude rap about epistemology, metaphysics, and especially ethics. I am sure his audience will be huge in that basement makeshift cafe.
2013-02-12 01:29:45 PM  
1 votes:

pla: SnarfVader : And that's why he's a barista. Excuse me. Ex-barista.

Came here to say that. You beat me to it. Good work!

Free hint, Gen-Y/Z/whatever... All those idiot coming through the door talking about gluten and decaf; the complete bastard giving you your daily marching orders and taking all the highest-tipping shifts for himself; the suited idiots at corporate HQ to whom you wouldn't give a glass of warm piss if you found them dying in the desert...

Those asshats pay your wages. You can think whatever you want of them, but at the end of the day, if you haven't left them feeling like they just got a BJ from Chasey Lain - You gonna starve in the gutter biatch!


You are showing our age there dude.
2013-02-12 01:09:04 PM  
1 votes:
Smackledorfer

"What a coincidence! You have a gluten allergy, and I don't care that you have a gluten allergy!"

To be fair, this ought to be on a T-shirt.

Anyone claiming an allergy should be treated like they have a farking allergy. I don't care if there are a hundred liars for every honest afflicted person or not.

I say as a former server of ten years, it isn't hard to accomidate people.

Go fark yourself.



 Defective people such as yourself ought to live a more insulated life to protect yourself from all the normal things the rest of us deal with daily.
That boy in the plastic bubble didn't spend all his time yelling at normal people to remove everything that might make him sick. He mostly stayed at home. So should you.
2013-02-12 12:46:06 PM  
1 votes:
What a douche-blogger!
2013-02-12 12:09:52 PM  
1 votes:
"he says he got a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Lehigh University"
"The barista job, Watson says, was to help make ends meet while he pursued a career as a hip hop artist going by the name "Spekulation." "

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2013-02-12 11:59:53 AM  
1 votes:

Ask: WhippingBoy: Anyone slagging this guy is an idiot. This guy was a barista. With a degree in philosophy!!! He shouldn't have to deal with the infantile mewlings of a bunch of proles.
Why is it so hard for sheeple to recognize their betters and give them the respect that they so richly deserve?

Probably because we don't have a degree in philosophy.


Exactly. And don't you forget it.
Ask
2013-02-12 11:57:11 AM  
1 votes:

WhippingBoy: Anyone slagging this guy is an idiot. This guy was a barista. With a degree in philosophy!!! He shouldn't have to deal with the infantile mewlings of a bunch of proles.
Why is it so hard for sheeple to recognize their betters and give them the respect that they so richly deserve?


Probably because we don't have a degree in philosophy.
2013-02-12 11:37:01 AM  
1 votes:
What a dickhead.
What's his Fark ID?
2013-02-12 11:35:19 AM  
1 votes:
Philosophy.
Pours coffee.
Wants to rap.


Mommy and Daddy failed...and failed HARD.
2013-02-12 11:31:02 AM  
1 votes:
What an ass, no wonder he's 30 and is a barrista.  After reading some of his comments he deserves to lose his job.  Some people can't handle caffeine and need decaf or else they can react very badly (those on certain medicines).  And it's awesome that he works at a place that sells food and he doesn't care about people with food allergies.  Hilarious.

Reminds me of a little CSB:

About a year ago I ordered pizza before our poker game as is our standard and I paid online with my credit card because I was low on cash.  It was a small order but I left a decent tip.  The delivery guy brings the pizza a little later and hands it over then kinda stares at me.  I ask him "Do you need me to sign?" (order was less than 20 bucks).  He says "No, but it's customary to tip the delivery person".  Well, this pissed me off but I managed to remain somewhat calm as I pointed out to captain dipshiat that if he looked at the receipt he was holding in his hand he would see 10 bucks for a pizza, 2 bucks for delivery charge, and 3 bucks for a tips.  Maybe you ought to try a little reading before you insult your customers you jackass.  He apologized and ran.  I saw him one other time but then he either quit or got fired.  No wonder you're delivering pizzas.

/CSB
2013-02-12 11:30:09 AM  
1 votes:

SnarfVader: he got a bachelor's degree in philosophy

And that's why he's a barista. Excuse me. Ex-barista.


Does that mean he has to order the double hemlock latte with a pinch of cinnamon?
2013-02-12 11:28:00 AM  
1 votes:

SnarfVader: he got a bachelor's degree in philosophy

And that's why he's a barista. Excuse me. Ex-barista.


Don't you just hate it when someone reinforces the stereotype
2013-02-12 11:21:35 AM  
1 votes:
Did he visit another coffee shop so people could see him blogging?
2013-02-12 11:17:28 AM  
1 votes:
Guy's a tool. If you can't stand the general public, then don't get a job serving the general public.
If you've made poor life choices (degree in philosophy), then don't biatch about having to be a barista as one of your few job choices in life.
 
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