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2014-07-18 10:27:36 PM
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A nice refreshing vat of coffee.
 
2014-07-18 10:48:58 PM
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Anyone who tries to get one of these monster drinks made just needs to be publicly shamed.
 
2014-07-18 10:53:26 PM

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Anyone who tries to get one of these monster drinks made just needs to be publicly shamed.


The way I see it, if you're willing to pay for it, and they're willing to make it, it's all good.  If you're trying to get one made using some 'free drink' coupon, that's another story, and pretty rude.
 
2014-07-18 11:18:14 PM

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Anyone who tries to get one of these monster drinks made just needs to be publicly shamed.

The way I see it, if you're willing to pay for it, and they're willing to make it, it's all good.  If you're trying to get one made using some 'free drink' coupon, that's another story, and pretty rude.


That's an excellent point, I'm more annoyed at the part where people are getting these huge drinks purely for showing off, not to actually consume it.

Wastes product, and encourages others to abuse an otherwise good policy at rewarding customers.
 
2014-07-18 11:43:06 PM
They should put a caveat on the free drink offers that if you can't finish drinking it before the Norah Jones song ends, you're paying for it.
 
2014-07-19 01:09:54 AM

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A nice refreshing vat of coffee.


That is truly nauseating to look at. And I probably drink like 40 ounces of coffee in some form or another each day. Hell, I'm craving an iced coffee right now, and that picture still disgusts me.
 
2014-07-19 03:59:57 AM

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Anyone who tries to get one of these monster drinks made just needs to be publicly shamed.


Oh you would be surprised how some farkers took offense at me calling Sameera a pig for her 60 shot attention whore a few days ago. And were offended that I made mention of her multicultural holy outfit. When someone pointed out that her outfit was not multicultural, but her home culture, I pointed out that her ordering a 60 shot drink for free and not drinking it is the worst of American culture and her doing it in her special holy suit made it a multicultural clothing and added that since she was exhibiting the worst of American culture, what was I to expect of her original culture.
 
2014-07-19 04:00:19 AM

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Anyone who tries to get one of these monster drinks made just needs to be publicly shamed.


You'd think people knowing you go to Starbucks would be shame enough.
 
2014-07-19 04:06:10 AM
This is why we have a healthcare crisis. Normal countries like Japan and Taiwan and Canada and England and the Scandinavians have national insurance and they are not dying of socialism. If we had reasonably free health care in America, it would only be a matter of time before people started getting their 60 shots because it was "free". Instead we have Death Panels (insurance companies) who decide who will live and who will die.
 
2014-07-19 04:11:00 AM
As someone who not only uses Starbucks's rewards program (I get free refills, y'all!) and who has a free beverage coupon coming soon (my birthday shall be nothing but free crap from a bunch of places), I believe that Starbucks shouldn't be required to make a 128-ounce beverage for someone who will just dump it in a garbage can, then post pics online of their free beverage.

When I get the free beverage coupons from Starbucks, I limit myself to something that would normally cost ten bucks or less. A large white chocolate mocha with two extra shots, whipped cream, and vanilla syrup usually does the trick. After that, just hit me up with a few refills of brewed coffee (with cream, sugar, and vanilla and white chocolate syrup) until I start getting the caffeine shakes. By then, my tablet's battery is crying for a recharge and I'm ready to leave anyway.
 
2014-07-19 04:14:26 AM

Kevin72: This is why we have a healthcare crisis. Normal countries like Japan and Taiwan and Canada and England and the Scandinavians have national insurance and they are not dying of socialism. If we had reasonably free health care in America, it would only be a matter of time before people started getting their 60 shots because it was "free". Instead we have Death Panels (insurance companies) who decide who will live and who will die.


Benghazi?
 
2014-07-19 04:17:35 AM
Better latte than never.

Oh what delicious whimsy!

- May be just a bit sleep deprived.
 
2014-07-19 04:31:59 AM
A "trenta" is 31 ounces and a "venti" is 24?
 
2014-07-19 04:35:13 AM
So, I can't go in and order a Quintuple Mocha Latte with Skittle bits, shaved caramel globs half soy half cream with 7 shots of espresso and 2 pallets of random spices and syrups prepared haphazardly in a 10 gallon Jerry Can?
 
2014-07-19 04:40:08 AM
you order it, you drink it
 
2014-07-19 05:33:51 AM
You'd think that the 60 or 70 dollars they would charge* to make these stupid drinks would be worth the free advertising they've been getting.

*It only cost Starbucks $3.50 for the ingredients
 
2014-07-19 05:36:05 AM

Hoopy Frood: A "trenta" is 31 ounces and a "venti" is 24?


In Starbucks's bizarre world, a treinta is 30 oz. But a venti is 26. (The bottom of the cup has it molded in.) I do not know how this works for hot beverages--all I know for certain on that end is that a large brewed coffee is $2.45, and adding syrup is another $0.55.
 
2014-07-19 05:53:53 AM
Starbucks is an activity.  It is like D&D of beverages.
 
2014-07-19 06:35:30 AM

maram500: Kevin72: This is why we have a healthcare crisis. Normal countries like Japan and Taiwan and Canada and England and the Scandinavians have national insurance and they are not dying of socialism. If we had reasonably free health care in America, it would only be a matter of time before people started getting their 60 shots because it was "free". Instead we have Death Panels (insurance companies) who decide who will live and who will die.

Benghazi?


BERGDAHL!
 
2014-07-19 06:44:42 AM
It's always shiatty when you do something nice for someone and they decide to use that opportunity to abuse that nice thing you're doing.
 
2014-07-19 07:14:58 AM
I have a friend who is a nearly 10-year Starbucks barista, and her biggest qualm with these people is that they always come in at the busiest times, like on their way to work or something, not realizing or caring it takes a frapton of time to make 77 shots of crappacino. The line can easily go from manageable to standing-out-the-door and stay like that for the rest of the rush.
 
2014-07-19 08:39:49 AM
They're probably more worried about some stupid attention whore getting a caffeine overdose and then suing them.
"No one told me I should slam 80 ounces of espresso!" Farking morans.
 
2014-07-19 08:44:12 AM
My brother went to a chinese buffet, and for the hell of it, grabbed one of those giant serving bowls they bring fresh food out in, and filled it with soft serve and gummy bears. The owner got all pissed off. "Why you use big bowl for ice cream? You no supposed to use that bowl. You eat all ice cream or I charge you 20 dollahs!"

Being 15 at the time and not having an extra 20 bucks, he sat there for 2 hours and ate all that icecream. Toward the end he had his head down on the table and a straw going to the bowl. He was hurting.
 
2014-07-19 09:13:31 AM

Fubini: I have a friend who is a nearly 10-year Starbucks barista, and her biggest qualm with these people is that they always come in at the busiest times, like on their way to work or something, not realizing or caring it takes a frapton of time to make 77 shots of crappacino. The line can easily go from manageable to standing-out-the-door and stay like that for the rest of the rush.


Sometimes, I wish these places have a 'complicated order' surcharge during busy times to discourage these finicky fussy types from holding up the line  - or maybe an express line for coffee only - I just want a black coffee without all the taste bud-deadening, artery-hardening and obesity-inducing crap added in.
 
2014-07-19 09:17:32 AM

Yogimus: Starbucks is an activity.  It is like D&D of beverages.


D&D is a hell of a lot cheaper, even when alcohol gets involved.
 
2014-07-19 09:22:40 AM
Just put a $10 max on these things and be done with it. Entitled arseholes will whine about not getting their "free stuff", but they need to learn that generosity has its bounds.
 
2014-07-19 09:27:36 AM
So how are mediocre, useless people suppossed to get a sense of accomplishment and purpose now, Starbucks? I guess there's always the old stand-by of getting "a tattoo I designed myself" or dying their hair red or something, but you've taken away the only thing these losers will ever "accomplish" in their dreary little lives.
 
2014-07-19 09:29:45 AM
Seems to me that it would be more of a challenge to see how much I could fit in a single cup, versus my cooler.
 
2014-07-19 09:30:39 AM
I never really paid attention to these stories, I'd just read the headline and go "how do you fit $50 of coffee in a starbucks cup?"

Now I see it's just people bringing in bigger and bigger containers.

That isn't impressive, nor any form of challenge. In fact, that's just plain stupid. The only skill/thinking that takes is being able to carry a bigger cooler than the last guy.

Now if these people are coming up with new concoctions that fit in a standard cup that cost more and more there could be some merit to it.

but not in coming in with a 10 gallon cooler and saying "fillerup"
 
2014-07-19 09:48:24 AM

Yogimus: Starbucks is an activity.  It is like D&D of beverages.


"Today, my young barista friend, we shall conjure a +2 potion of douchery."
 
2014-07-19 09:56:33 AM

BizarreMan: Seems to me that it would be more of a challenge to see how much I could fit in a single cup, versus my cooler.


This.

I'm cool with seeing how much you can push the price to volume ratio.

Having them fill up a trash can with syrup is just a dick move.
 
2014-07-19 10:10:15 AM
It has to fit in one of their regular cups, morons.
 
2014-07-19 10:20:53 AM

Yogimus: Starbucks is an activity.  It is like D&D of beverages.


The first and second large might be a potion of lesser restoration. The third and four together could be a potion of haste. After that, it's all blur.
 
2014-07-19 10:55:49 AM
Venti chai breve no water quad.
 
2014-07-19 11:04:05 AM

Day_Old_Dutchie: Fubini: I have a friend who is a nearly 10-year Starbucks barista, and her biggest qualm with these people is that they always come in at the busiest times, like on their way to work or something, not realizing or caring it takes a frapton of time to make 77 shots of crappacino. The line can easily go from manageable to standing-out-the-door and stay like that for the rest of the rush.

Sometimes, I wish these places have a 'complicated order' surcharge during busy times to discourage these finicky fussy types from holding up the line  - or maybe an express line for coffee only - I just want a black coffee without all the taste bud-deadening, artery-hardening and obesity-inducing crap added in.


This.

I call it like it is; they're farking caffeinated milkshakes.
 
2014-07-19 12:17:27 PM

Triumph: They should put a caveat on the free drink offers that if you can't finish drinking it before the Norah Jones song ends, you're paying for it.


Better yet... used to be a really good fine print: "Not to be combined with other offers."
 
2014-07-19 12:18:14 PM
Mediocre suburbanites have to have something to do when they aren't participating in color runs and taking selfies.
 
2014-07-19 12:31:48 PM

KarmicDisaster: It has to fit in one of their regular cups, morons.


I think you may have missed a detail or two about these recent happenings. Or are you calling the "record breakers" morons for bringing their own containers?
 
2014-07-19 12:34:29 PM
You guys set the precedent.
 
2014-07-19 12:35:27 PM

Fubini: I have a friend who is a nearly 10-year Starbucks barista, and her biggest qualm with these people is that they always come in at the busiest times, like on their way to work or something, not realizing or caring it takes a frapton of time to make 77 shots of crappacino. The line can easily go from manageable to standing-out-the-door and stay like that for the rest of the rush.




Wow...
 
2014-07-19 01:52:29 PM
Man.  I would feel guilty getting even a normal-sized birthday drink without at least purchasing a cookie or something.
 
2014-07-19 02:28:47 PM
I once saw a Starbucks inside another Starbucks.
 
2014-07-19 04:00:48 PM

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Wow...


Her opinion is that she likes the lifestyle, and that she doesn't particularly want more money or more responsibility from her job. They've asked her several times to move into management. That said, it's an odd bird that likes getting to work every morning at 4:00AM and leaving at noon.
 
2014-07-19 05:49:34 PM

BalugaJoe: I once saw a Starbucks inside another Starbucks.


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2014-07-19 06:33:23 PM

MythDragon: My brother went to a chinese buffet, and for the hell of it, grabbed one of those giant serving bowls they bring fresh food out in, and filled it with soft serve and gummy bears. The owner got all pissed off. "Why you use big bowl for ice cream? You no supposed to use that bowl. You eat all ice cream or I charge you 20 dollahs!"

Being 15 at the time and not having an extra 20 bucks, he sat there for 2 hours and ate all that icecream. Toward the end he had his head down on the table and a straw going to the bowl. He was hurting.


I had to do that to my son when he got a huge bowl of maraschino cherries. I made him eat every cherry.
I learned him though. He got the message about taking what you want, but eat what you take.
He also can't look a cherry in the face to this day.
 
2014-07-19 06:37:32 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: Fubini: I have a friend who is a nearly 10-year Starbucks barista, and her biggest qualm with these people is that they always come in at the busiest times, like on their way to work or something, not realizing or caring it takes a frapton of time to make 77 shots of crappacino. The line can easily go from manageable to standing-out-the-door and stay like that for the rest of the rush.

Sometimes, I wish these places have a 'complicated order' surcharge during busy times to discourage these finicky fussy types from holding up the line  - or maybe an express line for coffee only - I just want a black coffee without all the taste bud-deadening, artery-hardening and obesity-inducing crap added in.


Go to 7-11. They have decent coffee for 1/4 the price. Just get there before the busload of farm workers
 
2014-07-19 11:06:06 PM
Bring your own container in, but if you don't finish it in one sitting, the free drink offer is void.

Add a little challenge to the stupid "buy a bigger bucket" game.
 
2014-07-20 01:52:05 AM
I think Starbucks should keep making them, on the stipulation that you have 1 hour to drink the entire thing and if you don't you end up having to pay for it after all.
 
2014-07-20 02:25:23 AM
I'm willing to bet that none of the douchebags doing this 'challenge' beverages are over the age of 30.

Then again, this is happening at Starbucks and I couldn't care less if Starbucks is disrupted somehow. I feel bad for the baristas, but then, they should have made better choices if they didn't want to sling overpriced coffee to self-important douchebags all day.

Bigby has excellent coffee a lower price, and it's not too hot to drink when you get it. I prefer them by far. Starbucks is selling a brand. It's the Beats by Dre of coffee.
 
2014-07-20 02:31:56 AM

Kevin72: This is why we have a healthcare crisis. Normal countries like Japan and Taiwan and Canada and England and the Scandinavians have national insurance and they are not dying of socialism. If we had reasonably free health care in America, it would only be a matter of time before people started getting their 60 shots because it was "free". Instead we have Death Panels (insurance companies) who decide who will live and who will die.


Our healthcare crisis is because of overly large and expensive coffee drinks...
 
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