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Q: Is Starbucks pissing you off in China?

I would sort of expect to buy fuel at a fuel station.

 

I would think an old fart like myself could get just a plain black coffee at a starbucks.

 

For some reason, more than half the time I go in a Starbucks and order the large venti brew of the day, i get the "may O" bullshit response.

 

Sometimes the manager can speak English and of course he says you can get the Americano, I say yes that's all i ever get, a global corporation gives me one choice for a hot black coffee, whats the point of drinking the same black coffee everytime, you sell different types of coffee but don't serve it.

 

an americano and brownie is no different than macdonald 's coffee and a pie.

 

Today I order the Brownie and then the brew of the day at 10 thirty in the morning and get the no, so I say nevermind and leave.

 

This happens about 10 times a year here.

 

I guess I should order the high profit pretty drinks and be happy. SCREW THAT. I know customer service in non existent here but I still love the shock of some Chinese guy as a say forget it and put the cash I have out to buy back in my pocket and walk out, they seem puzzled that anyone would do this and not pick something else.

5 weeks 5 days ago in  Food  - China

 
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If the thingy with the trade war continues, soon you'll change the name to 'Bar-stuck-s' in China.

 

You misspelled 'may OU' ... 

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If the thingy with the trade war continues, soon you'll change the name to 'Bar-stuck-s' in China.

 

You misspelled 'may OU' ... 

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I go to Starbuck's almost every day (there are at least eight of them within walking distance of me) and always order the same thing - green tea. Interestingly, all the Chinese I see there drink coffee or some derivation of it, but I never see them drink tea. I guess there's some irony there, but I'm too tired to think about it.

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I pretty much never eat McDonalds, the only times I've set foot in one in about the last fifteen years or so have been in China, late at night after a few too many beers and looking for a snack. Actually, maybe once or twice when I wanted a coffee...

 

And more often than not if you ask for anything with beef in it you'd get told meiyou, they only had fishburgers or maybe something with chicken in it.

 

WTF, when you can't get a hamburger at McD's the world has gotten strange.

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At the risk of sounding like an anti-corporate leftie, I hate what Starbucks has done to China and am not a big fan of it in general. Their coffee is crap, decor uninspiring, customers a collection of yammering businessmen and peasants who want to show how much money they have. When I first got here in 2011, there was like one SB in the whole city. There were lots of locally owned cafes, some crap (chains like Dio), some really good with their own character and atmosphere. Good places to hang out with friends or a date, or to just take a breather from the chaos of the city. Then SB started to take over and bit by bit the local places died out. There's still a few left so I give them my money and avoid SB as much as possible. Vote with your wallet. Rant over.

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If you're looking for different varieties of black coffee in China, good luck.

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