I am annoyed that even though the Canadian dollar is stronger than it have been in about 15 years, we still have to pay absurd amounts of money for American products. Books, for example. Take a look at the American price; I pick up a random book recently purchased off my shelf: $27.95. The Canadian price? $37.95. The exchange rate is better than this! So fix the price. This translates into everything.
Which leads me to Starbucks. Most Canadians are die-hard Tim Hortons drinkers. Timmies double-double. We are so proud of this Canadian institution, that it is even being exported across the border to our American friends. Better than Starbucks but the price of Dunkin Donuts. Dunkin Donuts has not made its' way to this part of Canada because it sucks. Totally awful. Noone would go there. It would be out of business before it began. But back to Starbucks. We have it. We love it. The fashoinable coffee drinkers go there. I do too. I straddle both the Tim Hortons and Starbucks worlds. BUT I pay $1.20 for a Tim Hortons coffee and $2.40 for the same size at Starbucks. Why? It's better quality coffee, they care for the environment (yes that is worth at least some extra change per cup for certain) but DOUBLE the price? Because it comes from the U.S. and we have to cover the exchange rate. But the exchange rate is good, so their prices should go down to reflect this. I am no economist but this is really annoying.
And still on the topic of Starbucks, today I went there to indulge in a medium coffee (I refuse to say Tall or Grande or whatever the hell) and a peanut butter oatcake. $4.75. I shit you not. A coffee and a cookie. I dig in my wallet for change. Don't have enough. So I pull out my debit card. Oh, our machine is broken. Soooorry. Can I pay by credit card? Have badly do I need a coffee that I am asking to pay by credit card? No, it's not working either. My baby is starting to holler; time for his bottle. I give them a desperate/disgusted look and sit and feed him his bottle there in the Starbucks. I have to sit and smell the aroma and watch people order their fancy freaking coffee drinks (pumpkin spice; puhlease) while I am feeding my child. I swear he nibbled on that bottle slower than he ever has before. Time started to stand still. Went into slooow motion. It ruined my afternoon that stupid Starbucks. I then entered caffeine headache craziness. I considered e-mailing Starbucks a complaint. But for what? Their machine was broken. It happens. I should carry more money on me.
But here's the thing; I got in the car and went through the Tim Horton's drive-thru and bought my $1.20 coffee (because I had that much in change on me). Sipped the warm bitter manna from heaven and think I am officially going to boycott Starbucks. Just because I'm annoyed.