15 Jan '12, 3pm

Recent SBUX price hike forces NYers to dig for a penny to pay for $2.01 tall coffee. Some don't like that.

Until Jan. 3, a tall coffee at a Starbucks in Manhattan cost less than $2. Then prices went up; customers are now forced to find two bills -- and a penny. One coffee-drinker tells the New York Times: "It’s the stupidity of it. It’s what I’d call ‘the annoyance factor.’ It’s ridiculous. Why the extra penny? Who has pennies? Didn’t anyone think this through? Couldn’t they round down or even up? Why leave it at a penny?" Apparently some baristas are helping customers by dipping into their tip jars for the penny -- "a practice that would cut the baristas’ income, if it continued," notes the Times writer. Baristas in Manhattan stores -- what do you think? (Other employees and customers are invited to weigh in, too.) * A Starbucks price increase to a not-so-round number

Full article: http://starbucksgossip.typepad.com/_/2012/01/nyc-starbuck...

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