Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Two Tales of a City

Seattle barista is offended that he got fired...for offensive behavior;

Meet Matt Watson, 30, who just lost his job at All City Coffee in Georgetown that he had for 2½ years. That’s what happens when you’ve become the Bitter Barista, start blogging snarky stuff about your customers, and it goes viral.
For example:
“If you remind me four times that you’ve ordered decaf, guess what you won’t be getting ... ”
“I would remember your usual drink if you were a more memorable person.”
“What a coincidence! You have a gluten allergy, and I don’t care that you have a gluten allergy!”
“You can say ‘2% milk’ all damn day. You’re getting whole milk.”
Who had this defense to offer;

Watson says that his blog was satire and that he was just accentuating “the 5 percent who I guess make our job more difficult and don’t treat us as human beings. I had a good personal relationship with 95 percent of customers.” He says he thought very highly of his boss, Seth Levy.
The thing about baristas, he says, is “that person is probably an artist, overqualified, people with pretty much college education across the board.” 
Satire may no longer be 'what closes on Saturday night', but it still doesn't sell well. Now, speaking of older wisdom, Sec'y of Education Bill Bennett once facetiously said of Bart Simpson that there was nothing wrong with the kid that a paper route and a Catholic school wouldn't fix.

Oh yeah? Today people read their news online, and Catholic schools have wimped out;
An employee of St. Therese Catholic Academy in Seattle has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly removing his belt and hitting two children with it last week.
The two students had apparently ignored the employee’s repeated orders to stop throwing pencils at each other when the man allegedly hit them on the buttocks with a belt Wednesday, according to a report from the Seattle Police Department, which is investigating the incident. Neither of the students needed to be treated for injuries afterward, and they returned to their classes that day, the report says.
....Upon learning of the alleged physical punishment, the school principal asked the employee to leave the school then contacted parents and police.
He called the police? 

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