I'm going to be honest with you, I don't know if this whole Drive-Thru video board they have going on at Starbucks is new, I just know that it's new to me. I have driven through a couple Starbucks in my day and I have never been forced to have an on screen interaction with a stranger until this morning, and I can't possibly emphasize this enough - my first time will most definitely be my last.
There aren't many things I was looking forward to doing the day after returning from a bachelor party, but FaceTiming with a barista before I had a sip of morning nectar pretty much topped that list. Shit, I won't even answer a FaceTime if it's from a friend, I happen to be dressed nicely and I am not even remotely busy. Now I have to be personable and presentable just to get some caffeine in my system without having to feel bad about myself? If I must have a face-to-face interaction to order then what the fuck is the point of a Drive-Thru? Drive-Thru's aren't just for convenience, they are so that you can hide yourself from the world while still going about your day-to-day life. The last place I want to look someone in the face while ordering is Starbucks. I would rather look in the eyes of the McDonald's cashier as I stand there in my clothes from last night ordering a shameful amount of breakfast food to cure a hangover. At least the women in a 'I'm Lovin' It' visor can't judge me for looking like a bag of shit. I can't say the same for the broad getting a yearly salary and full benefits for pushing overpriced macchiato's. I understand that Starbucks whole business model is to make people feel more important when they drink it. That's why it costs more to maintain than a nicotine addiction. Still, if there is one process that should free me from potential public shaming it's ordering a coffee from a machine, and that freedom was undoubtedly jeopardized this morning.