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Coffee Fascism

From TJIC, we discover the breathtakingly idiotic Murky Coffee coffee house in Arlington, VA, who knows how you should drink your coffee even if you’re too stupid to understand!

I note that the proprietor’s response includes these words:

Q. The customer is always right
Yeah, that’s true. Actually, nevermind. It’s bullshit.

This is a sentiment frequently voiced by small business owners who are about to become ex-owners of small businesses. Want to know why corporate megoliths like Starbucks and Walmart are crushing local small business? Because in the vast majority of cases, like this, small businesses suck and deserve it.

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Mathman | July 15, 2008 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Lileks commented on this too.

    It’s after all the shirtless guy pictures…

  2. Unix-Jedi | July 15, 2008 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    For some counterpoints, and the original poster admitting he was a dick:

    Of course, you can also avoid all of this (asshole employees and asshole customers) quite often by avoiding places that charge $5 for .69 coffee.

  3. LabRat | July 15, 2008 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    I was living in New Orleans when Starbucks invaded, and beat a quiet retreat (at least from normal Starbucks levels of saturation)a few years after. Why? They got stomped by the local competition. Why? The local competition not only served better coffee and better sweets to go with it, they were polite and friendly rather than being staffed with surly hipsters.

    I have zero, zilch, nada sympathy for any coffee shop whining about the sheeple only going to Starbucks. Beating them is not hard- it just requires jettisoning the proud, independent, ASSHOLE ‘tude. My experience with small bookstores is about the same. The one here survives because the owner stocks the place with all sorts of local-interest things (that are actually interesting), and is more than happy to take special orders.