I'm not gonna lie. I love Starbucks. There's one on the campus of the university where I work. And it happens to be right next to the building where my office is. Tres convenient, n'est pas? My favorite drink is a decaf caramel mocha, extra hot, with whipped cream and drizzle on top.
Nom nom nom.
Sure, there's controversy around Starbucks, but I'm still a patron because it helps put food on the tables of those who work there, it provides a center for community, and it's a company that believes in providing health insurance for even its part-time workers. The second piece of hate mail I ever got once I started the SAL Project was from someone who was outraged that I supported Starbucks and proceeded to bash me full-steam for doing so. Needless to say, I didn't respond to that person's email. Instead, I went out and spread more kindness.
When one of my Affiliated Agents does a mission that involves Starbucks, what I ultimately focus on is the act of kindness itself. Not the politics that may (or may not) be potentially tied up in it.
I was thrilled to receive Affiliated Agent T's very first mission, which included a Starbucks gift card.
Date: Friday, 13 August 2010
Location: Mountain Brook YMCA Parking Lot; Birmingham, Alabama
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Affiliated Agent T's description of her mission:
I put a card and a $5 Starbuck's card on a car in the parking lot.
There were so many people walking through the parking lot at this time, I had to try hard not to get caught.... :)
It was so much fun...I wish I could have seen them when they got to the car!
It IS fun, isn't it?! Thanks for reaching out and spreading kindness. Looking forward to your next mission!