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Warning. Read at your own Risk. Pure Ranting.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Since I dumped my heavy thoughts this morning, I thought I would end the day with some ranting. Back to my typical everything annoys me ranting. So you might want to stop here. But if you have continued to read, here goes.

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.

  1. Blogger OhioRuthie said:

    Thanks for the nice comment on my blog. Your fiddler blog was a cool idea..sorry you didn't win.

  1. Blogger Marel Lecone said:

    The credit card machines not working annoys me too. Now, that pumpkin spice latte is good! :) I pay $3.35 for the small before tax (in Long Island NY). I must be desperate! :) And, Dunkin Donuts sucks! But, still so many love it . . . Take care. :)

  1. Blogger dawn said:

    If you lived in the US you wouldn't have had a problem. You'd just drive 14 feet down the street to another Starbucks whose credit card machine was working.

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Oh Cathy, i sympathise with you. I usually indulge in a lge caramel latte ($4.70 au), like yourself, i had no change on me so i handed my atm card over. "Sorry Maam, you need to purchase goods to the value of $10 before we can accept credit cards or atm purchases!!!
    WTF??? Because i'd kill for my coffee, i was forced into buying a sandwhich too....gggrrrrrrrr.

  1. Blogger missbhavens said:

    Why all the hate for the DD? Granted, there's nothing fancy about it (and all the new flavors make them seem oh, so desperate), but $1.70 for a coffee so big you can jetski in it is a fab bargain. And they sure beat other fast food coffees like 7-11 and McDonalds. Chock Full of Nuts (that heavenly coffee) would be my first choice, but they all went out of business by the time I was old enough to really enjoy the javajuice. NYC is crawling alive with Starbucks. Freaks me out.

    Now I'm dying to try this Tim guy's coffee!

  1. Blogger Dr. Deborah Serani said:

    I don't know about Tim Horton's but will when I get myself over into Canada. You are right, Starbucks is so expensive, and the lines are out the door here. I like your rants, they speak to me because I can relate!

    ~Deb

  1. Blogger vani said:

    yeah starbucks is way too expensive- i actually treated myself to it today- but only cuz its payday-lol...once in a blue moon, when i really crave a mocha cappuccino do i give in to temptation..lol thanks for stopping by my blog!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    ohioruthie;
    I'm sorry too. I guess we'll have to wait and hear what the experience of the lucky three was like and live vicariously through them.
    Marel;
    (love your name, btw). SO obviously Starbucks is expensive in the U.S. too!
    Dawn;
    We don't have very many Starbucks here. Not enough people willing to pay the outrageous prices. But there are Tim Horton's EVERYWHERE.
    Michelle;
    Australia too, even; Starbucks os over-charging people the world over! This calls for a boycott.
    MissB;
    I had a bad DunkinDonuts experience last summer in New Hampshire and it has tainted me for life. I will make a specific post dedicated to Tim's; it's a Canadian institution.
    Dr.Deb;
    You won;t be able to miss Tim's; I am sure there will be one right across the border.
    Vani;
    One should not have to wait for payday to buy a special coffee, but glad you enjoyed yours today. Yeah for paydays.

  1. Blogger Romani Heart said:

    I love your blog, but I really love your picture lol.

  1. Blogger Manda said:

    i like Starbucks every now and then but always feel guilty after i buy a drink. tall cafe mochas. tall mocha frappachinos. i feel so silly saying all those weird namse, and paying all that money.... and then getting sick of it because it's so rich halfway through it and throwing it away. blah.

    oh, and by the way, our Starbucks (and every other coffee place around) is just as expensive!!!

  1. Blogger Idgie @ the "Dew" said:

    Heh Heh. Hey there. I've got family in Canada and I live here in the US. Actually, Starbucks and books are hideously overpriced here too!

    Oh, and I hate Starbucks cutsie words - I'm with ya there.

    "give me a big coffee" is what I always tell them!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    romani;
    thanks :)
    manda;
    hmmm might need to try some of those, but I know the feeling about not being able to finish. Drives me nuts too.
    Idgie;
    glad to know there's someone else who doesn't like the Starbucks language!

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Cathy..How did i miss this post..Wow..ok don't get me started as well..lol

    The money exchange blows my mind, ruins vacations, and emptys my bank account..ugh!

    Funny u should mention Starbucks..I'm not a fan myself and find it too strong and expensive..But if I'm craving and nothing is near by it will have to do. Freaks me out when I see people spending over 12$ for lunch there.

    I agree with Tims..The best! Add a box of Tim bits and your all set ;)

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