After years of longing for a Starbucks in the Kings Highway neighborhood of Brooklyn, it seemed as though the prayers of myself as well as many of the residents in this neighborhood were answered. One random day several weeks ago, construction began at 1417 Kings Highway (East 15th Street), and just like magic, Starbucks seemed to appear out of nowhere, all new & shiny; the green & white letters illuminated the neighborhood, and the logo of the “Starbucks lady” welcomed you in, like an angel welcoming you into coffee heaven.
However, this excitement, sadly, was short lived. The Starbucks has only been open for about a month, and the problems have already begun. The baristas still work unorganized, and are inconsistent, hardly being able to produce these “hand-crafted beverages” in a timely manner. Cups are marked with their secret Starbucks code, but the contents of these cups does not match what was ordered.
Along with the usual crowds in the morning, 4th-6th grade children that can barely see over the counter tops stampede inside in large groups and order beverages they can barely pronounce, while disrupting other guests with their loud, and mostly annoying conversations. Some of the baristas possess a bit a of a “ghetto” attitude, which may seem a little out of place in this primarily Russian neighborhood.
I suppose this was to be expected, though. Starbucks isn’t exactly known for hiring the brightest of workers, and most Starbucks nationwide face these, as well as other problems. If I pay $5 for a latte, I expect it to be correct. Perhaps I should have stuck with Dunkin’ Donuts directly across the street.