Carmine is in lots of stuff. Candy, lipstick, soda, ice cream… it’s frankly pretty hard to avoid. It’s a coloring agent. Does it come from beetles? Yes. Is it vegan? Obviously not. Will it hurt you? Not unless you’re allergic to it.
Products containing carmine should be clearly labeled, so that vegans and people with allergies can avoid it. Anyone else can shut the fuck up about drinking beetles, because you’ve been doing it for years.
Best of Clarksville
There’s an annual charity event called Best of Clarksville which basically amounts to a vendor fair. Businesses compete for the public’s vote in categories like “best place to buy a pool” and “best German restaurant.” Starbucks won Best Coffeeshop this year. Of course it’s always nice to be on the winning team, but I voted for a bunch of middle aged ladies who run my favorite coffee place. I wish I could have stolen that plaque and given it to them.
Good things about Starbucks
I can make myself a cup of coffee any time I want to, even at 10:30 PM. I can then drink five or six sips of said coffee and throw the rest out and not feel the slightest bit guilty, because it was free. Also free was the heavy whipping cream with vanilla and toffee nut syrup that I used in said coffee.
As a person who has been infatuated with fancyass coffee since the age of fourteen, these are job perks that will likely keep me satisfied enough to make it through the holiday season.
Scene: Starbucks drive-thru. Coworker is taking orders, I’m handling cash & putting orders into the computer.
A customer with a heavy accent orders a coffee with cream and 11 sugars. She comes through the drive-thru regularly, and after the first time I took her order, I remembered it. It’s a coffee with eleven sugars in it. Nobody else orders that, and it’s the same every time.
Coworker makes said coffee, but puts whipped cream on top.
I said, “What’s this unlabeled drink with whipped cream on it?” She said, ”That’s the coffee with 11 sugars.”
“She just wanted cream, not whipped cream.”
“I could have sworn she said whipped cream. She needs to learn how to speak English anyway.”
“She was speaking English. Are you going to re-make that or should I?”
“Do whatever you want.”
“I had planned on it.”
I gave that lady her coffee for free and didn’t tell her why.