Listen, I love working at Starbucks. Honestly, I say that multiple times because I want to reiterate it. They're good to their coffee farmers. They offer their employees health insurance. They play my favorite Elliott Smith song! Hell, that alone makes up for hearing Lee Brice's "I Don't Dance" three times a day. But whenever I ring somebody up at the register lately, they print a receipt. And then I ring up another, and they print another. Soon you get this:
Seems harmless, right? A few transactions later you get this:
Which quickly turns into this:
Sometimes they just creep downward sausage-link style.
Seriously, this happens all day.
Honestly, it's a real problem.
And it isn't that I'm not asking customers if they want their receipts; most customers just don't. fucking. want. them. There's a summer promotion called Treat Receipt that's very popular. Then last year they introduced Sweet Receipt which has been less successful. I have no idea what the current promotion is that started today, I just know that receipts just keep printing and printing, one after every purchase. Every customer before 2pm, at every store. Think about how many Starbucks stores there are in this country.
Kind of a lot, according to a quick Google search on my phone.
Think about how many hundreds upon thousands of pieces of paper are being printed out only to be tossed into a trash can. Then think about climate change. Whether you agree or not, it's happening. And a business that prides itself on its ethics like Starbucks should be trying to make this less of an issue, not compound it and add to it. So please, take a moment and either call the official Starbucks customer service number (1 (800) 782-7282) or send them an email and let them know that this isn't okay.