On my way back from the Sustainable Brands 08 opening night shmooze I decided to seek a warming evening beverage to nurse me through my homework for the night. A drive-through Starbucks loomed on the horizon, so I rode up to the speaker.
The zit-faced voice coming through the black grill was promising at first. “Welcome to Starbucks… I’ll be right with you.”
Moments later, it returned with a message of doom. “Sorry, sir, I can’t serve you on a bike.” I looked around. The night was quiet. No cars were looming. “Why?” I countered. “I don’t know.” the voice said, “My manager told me. Insurance or something”.
I looked up at the security camera and waved. “No problem. I’ll see you inside.”
“We’re not open.” the voice squeaked.
I played my last card, struggling to appeal to his American values. “But you’re denying a guy his Starbucks fix… that’s… unconstiutional!”
He was unfazed. I was uncaffeinated.
One in a series of articles on Lorne’s Sustainable Journey to the Sustainable Brands 08 Conference in Monterey CA. Click here for the full list of sessions, or here for the ‘Fear & Loathing’ road trip journals.
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