29 Mar '13, 11am

The Suspended Coffee Movement: Response by Melody on feeding America.

The Suspended Coffee Movement: Response by Melody on feeding America.

In real life, people don’t follow neat scripts. All the examples on the internet have quaint stories of a more prosperous person buying the “suspended” meal, and a poorer person asking for it. I have to wonder if the people creating this nice stories have ever met any inner-city poor who are truly very hungry and sleeping on the streets. First off, they don’t follow scripts. They don’t know the right thing to ask for in nice language. And I hate to admit it, but some of the very hungry who are absolutely deserving a suspended beverage are also the ones who appear at a Starbucks intoxicated and going from person to person begging for money. I have had it happen to me in downtown Seattle. I know this is not a nice clean picture that we like to imagine. But it could be reality. Baristas have plenty to do. Asking them to be the tally-keepers of suspended coffees might not work...

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