People shuffle in, waiting in a wavy line to order a drink.
Like a well trained robot the workers turn out cup after cup of coffee
What’s the bathroom code?
A long blonde finished with yoga gets a latte.
A cab driver with a Bluetooth headset gets a Pikes Roast
A Chinese girl struggles to order tea.
No Small talk.
And only one inevitable question, with a four number answer.
A homeless man cuts in front of a teen in Daisy Dukes. He demands water as his trash bag knocks into the girl’s Kate Spade. The workers give him the cup and before he opens his mouth they say
James the Manager of this Starbucks has a Master Degree From Columbia.
Sarah, making the Green Tea Latte, has done Modeling for Target.
Jade, taking the orders, has another day job to pay for her daughters private school.
They’ve said the numbers so many times, the feeling is completely sucked out.
I asked if they’ve ever thought about putting a sign up.
They all gave me a confused look, and went back to working.