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These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

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Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Great Starbucks Caper of 2006

Sweet John at Old Grey Poet was enjoying a pleasant foray into his local Starbucks store when he playfully snapped a pic of his partner who caught him, in flagrante delicto, and snapped back with his camera phone. Moments later a young barista approached John to inform him that picture taking was not allowed inside a Starbucks store by company policy.

Neither the young man nor the store manager was able to explain the whys or the wherefores of this policy. So here's what I'm thinking:

Grab your cameras and your camera phones to invade your local Starbucks for a picture taking frenzy. Bring your friends. Bring your relatives. Implore your neighbors to join you in the caper.

Then, unload your cameras and flood the internet with snapshots of the ubiquitous coffee shop. Surely that will do irreparable harm to their business.

In the meantime, I intend to interview a few baristas and store managers to discover if this policy is in effect in all Starbucks stores or only those in Great Britain. Then I intend to ask them if anyone can explain the rationale behind this policy. Surely it displays a remarkably overweening sense of importance vis a vis the Starbucks logo.

If possible, I'll snap pictures of said subjects, promising internet fame.


Blogger Vanda said...

If I had a camra phone I'd try that out next time I can drive 40 minutes one way to my nearest Starbucks. Sounds a bit silly to me.

1:49 AM PDT  
Blogger Vanda said...

After thinking about this Pam, I would hate to have strangers taking pictures of me. And what about creeps taking pictures of younger girls/boys or kidlets that are with their parents?

I say let the company policy stand.

1:59 AM PDT  
Blogger NursePam said...

Vanda, if I thought for one minute that this was to protect the privacy of people in general, or even of Starbucks employees, I would never suggest this. I believe its about people not taking pictures of the products and equipment in their stores for the nefarious purpose of infringing upon their copyrights.

We're not talking about the Louvre. Besides, half the population could draw the inside of a Starbucks store from memory.

And when was the last time you went on holiday and did not take pictures lest you infringe on a stranger's privacy?

7:21 AM PDT  
Blogger kitty litter said...

so fuckin stupid. I have a hankerin to go set up a tripod on one of the tables.

7:53 AM PDT  
Blogger Trop said...

And just last night I watched _I Am Sam_, much of which was filmed in a Starbucks!

8:15 AM PDT  
Blogger NursePam said...

I'll help you set up the tripod KL ;^)

HA! The secret, T, is that Starbucks probably made a pile of money from use of their store in the movie.

8:24 AM PDT  
Blogger Michelle O'Neil said...

Sounds like it was just some oversealous "butt kisser" of an oversealous manager with not enough to do.

I mean....they didn't set up back lighting and tarps, right?


8:59 AM PDT  
Blogger Dolphingirl said...

hey nurse pam, found this blog via Old Grey Poet.

Drop in and see us some time...


What worries me about the starbucks incident is the way corporate policies take away our right or ability to think for ourselves and make the right decision according to circumstance and situation - which is clearly what's called for here.

We just have to be good little citizens and do as we're told....it's the nanny state gone mad

bring back the skills and imagination of the individual before they are

1:49 PM PDT  
Blogger NursePam said...

LOL Michelle! He didn't say anything about a professional setup. I doubt he would even know how to accomplish that.

Hi Dolphingirl! I will check out your link :o)

9:07 PM PDT  

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