It's Earth Day. Starbucks Stinks.
Try to reach somebody at Starbucks. A manager at one Biscayne Boulevard store this morning told me 95 percent of their coffee is take-out, but declined to speak further or give his name. "Corporate has to talk," he said when I asked how much take-out they serve. "We can be severely penalized." Penalized? For talking? Sounds like Cuba.
So I called another store. "Uh-uh, I have heard people have been fired for speaking to the media," he said. Nice.
Then I called the corporate office in Broward. Nobody answered the phone or returned messages, despite attempts to reach six departments at 10 a.m. Recorded messages on many lines directed me to 800 or 866 numbers, but nobody answered them. Maybe they aren't Cuba. Maybe they are Pentagon.
Finally, I hit up Ihatestarbucks.com. There are people complaining about feces on the walls, hazing of workers, and even a great Jimmy Kimmel whack at Starbucks for prohibiting guns in the place.
So take action folks! On this site, they list hundreds of alternatives to the giant coffee shop chain, but none in Miami. Find us some Cuban coffee joints. I recommend Enriqueta's, just across the street from New Times on Northeast Second Avenue. It's independently owned and great. (And, most importantly, they offer take-out coffee at the ventanilla.)