Starbucks is good, but not that good

So I had a bit of an odd Starbucks experience on Tuesday.

I mentioned in a previous post that there’s a Second Cup coffee shop in the main lobby here at the hospital. And just outside the main entrance is a Starbucks. I always enjoy the Starbucks—I don't even know if there is a Second Cup in Penticton—and I’m a very important person there because I have a gold card. 

The gold card gives me a free drink every 12 purchases. I have one of those waiting for me right now, so I went out to get it on Tuesday. There were about 2 people in line at the Second Cup when I passed it, and I stepped outside and over to the building where the almighty Starbucks resides. I stepped in the door, and looked down the line. There must have been 30 people.

Oy vey.

So not worth it.

So I went back in to Second Cup, as if I was settling for a consolation prize, as if the Matcha Tea Latte there is somehow less Japanese and green than the Green Tea Latte at Starbucks.

I had to pay for it, though, so I guess it was a little bit of settling.

Then a pastor friend came over later that afternoon to visit and to pray for Davis and us, and he mentioned that on his way up he was going to stop and get a Starbucks too (because why would he go to Second Cup?), but he too looked at the line and thought, “no way”.

My first thought was, "wow that's busy. I wonder why anyone would want to wait that long for coffee if it was like that all the time." But then he explained it all so clearly:

“Apparently lululemon is buying coffee for everyone today.”

Umm, ok. I asked him if that’s because their CEO was acting like...well, not like a CEO should...because if that was chain-wide, I can’t imagine how much that would have cost lululemon.

He said it must have been only here, and I’d concur, because, you know, as a gold member I would have been informed if something that ginormous was going on throughout the whole chain.

So, the moral of the story is, if there are 30 people in line at Starbucks, lululemon is probably buying everyone coffee, so I'm sure it's worth the ½ hour it’ll cost you to get your Venti half-sweet Green Tea Latte for free.

Or, you could just become a gold member by buying a coffee every couple weeks for a year, then buy 11 more and get a free one all by yourself. lululemon? We don’t need no stinking lululemon!

(Epilogue: I went back today. There were only about 15 people in line. I guess lululemon wasn't buying today.)