Speaking from experience, I know first hand how much it sucks to be on the receiving end of a corporate downsizing. As such, I have nothing but sympathy for the thousands of workers currently employed by Starbucks who are about to lose their jobs. From what I've seen, they tend to be on the younger side as well. My heart genuinely goes out to them in this uncertain period.
Yeah, I'm a bitter old poop, but what can I tell ya? I think another reason I hate Starbucks is because of their infiltration of the music market. While, yes, I'll applaud any shop that continues to sell compact discs in 2008 (an increasingly rarer situation), I bristle at Starbucks Entertainment's clumsy re-purposing , re-packaging and blandifying corporate sanitization of music I still hold vehemently dear. I spotted this dreadful product in the Starbucks in my office building recently and shuddered with contempt. I suppose I should support the campaign to keep this music available and out there, but something about the all-too-neatly comprised and decidedly revisionist presentation made me upset (Tom Tom Club, for example, have absolutely no business being on the same disc as Joy Division). Much like the very essence of the Starbucks mission, I resent the whole convenience of it all. Most of this music wasn't meant to be so blithely available, homogenous and convenient. That was kinda the whole point.