Posted by Michelle Moquin on 5th April 2013
I am not a big coffee drinker. But when I do feel like a good cup, I’ll opt for a local non chain place. When I’m in Marin, Rustic Bakery is the best organic bakery around, and they serve coffee that I like, not to mention their scones, quiche, bread pudding…I could go on and on.
However sometimes when I am in the mood for something hot, and Starbucks is the only place around, I’ll go in and get tea ( I’m not a lover of their coffee or really anything from Starbucks in general). However, when my choices are limited, I’ve strolled into a downtown Starbucks when I am working and quite a few times ordered tea.
The last time I went into a Starbucks it was just to use their bathroom. And I got to experience the “You can’t use our bathroom unless you buy something” rule. Ugh. And I’ve come here how may times “buying something” only to be told on a time that I don’t want anything, that I must buy something in order to use the bathroom. No thank you. I no longer give any of my business to Starbucks anymore.
I found this on the Huff Po. This restaurant just took it a bit too far, don’t ya think?
The management at a Tennessee restaurant have gone to great lengths — even enlisting the help of the local sheriff — to track down a woman who allegedly failed to pay a $5 fee charged to non-patrons who use the business’ restroom.
“I don’t feel it was a crime,” Patricia Barnes, the woman accused of not paying before peeing, told Today.com.
Barnes told the news outlet that an employee of The Flood Zone in Erin, Tenn., gave her permission to use the bathroom but that she later received a handwritten note in the mail demanding that she pay up.
The restaurant’s owner reportedly obtained Barnes’ license plate number and went on to get her mailing address from the local sheriff.
While some establishments view non-patrons using their restrooms as an inevitable annoyance, others don’t take the issue so lightly. Patrons have also been known to react with frustration at being charged for facilities they feel should be free.
As the New York Times reported in 2011, when a Brooklyn barber shop started charging a $1 fee for use of its restrooms, one woman was so outraged that she hurled insults at the barber and later returned to the shop with a large group, apparently meant as backup. The police ended up having to break up the fist fight that broke out.
After European airline Ryanair announced in 2010 that it intended to charge the equivalent of $1.30 for use of its bathrooms on flights, customers were outraged. One professor was so miffed by the idea that he told ABC News he would protest the proposed policy by locking himself in a bathroom at the beginning of a flight and remain there until landing.
A second-grade teacher’s rewards system for good behavior also backfired when it involved paying for bathroom breaks. The fake money students earned was to be put toward restroom trips that didn’t fall within designated break times. One child ended up wetting his pants because he hadn’t accumulated enough “Boyd Bucks.” The school district later acknowledged to NBCDFW.com that the program was a “bad decision.”
Readers: These are the same kind of people that will sit in their car taking their good ‘ol time doing whatever they’re doing to make you wait forever to get their parking space. You know the kind of people I ‘m talking about. Blog me.
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