Coffee Spills

What I hear and see and think about at the coffee shops I patronize.
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Thursday, November 25, 2004

Coffee hunt

Many employers really do give Thanksgiving Day off. I discovered this last Thanksgiving when I had quite a search to find an open coffee shop. Panera’s, Caribou, Starbucks, Bob Evans, Tim Horton’s, Wendy’s, McDonald’s. All were closed so employees could enjoy time with their families, or time to sleep in, or time to clean the garage.

Finally I saw an open White Castle and pulled in. I’d never been in one. No house newspaper or classical music, just big windows and small booths, but the coffee was excellent. Perhaps because it was a holiday with no baggage for them, there were two Hispanics, an Asian woman, a developmentally disabled man, and a Canadian supervisor (I don’t know that, but his haughty attitude and countenance reminded me of Peter Jennings, so I’m calling him a Canadian) working the pre-dawn hours. I had to return the next day--they wouldn’t take a $20--and said I could pay next time.

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