Planning for a Barista-in-Law

Mom: I think the guy at starbucks likes you.

Me: Ew. We call him Jethro – cause he’s dumb.

Mom: I can’t listen to you say mean things. Don’t call him Jethro – he’s cute.

Me: He’s on drugs.

Mom: Well, I don’t want you mixed up with someone on drugs.

Me: But you want me mixed up with a barista!? Do you want me to have to bring your grandchildren to live with you after my barista/drug dealer husband leaves us????

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    • 1.  Jessica

      This isn’t a crazy mom note- this is crazy kid. Cute though. Maybe she learned to be over-the-top dramatic from mom?

      March 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

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    • 2.  mila

      On behalf of baristas everywhere, not all of us are “on drugs” nor should we be lumped in with addicts in terms of who to date. Thank you.

      March 11, 2010 at 9:25 pm

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    • 3.  Jen

      What happened to being able to see humor and having a laugh at a cute exchange between a mother and a daughter?

      March 12, 2010 at 12:08 pm

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    • 4.  Terry

      Jen – likely the same thing as civil discourse and debate in politics.

      March 13, 2010 at 10:35 pm

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    • 5.  Nancy

      “But you want me mixed up with a barista!?”

      JEEEEEEEERRRRRRKKKKK. I bet she doesn’t tip either.

      March 13, 2010 at 11:03 pm

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    • 6.  Christine

      I’ve observed that there are sort of two kinds of people on this board – ones who can look past the “OMG I can’t believe anyone thinks that’s funny” behaviour of some posters and think everyone should lighten up and try to find the “cute” side of a post, and those who think that posts are “whole cloth” and one can’t really laugh at a without condoning the bad behaviour or flawed thinking behind it.

      I personally thought the OP was pretentious snob and I hope that the next time she meets that barista is when he is auditing her taxes.

      March 16, 2010 at 9:40 pm

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    • 7.  Kara

      It’s an email between a mother and a daughter. She isn’t censoring herself, she doesn’t care what her mother thinks of her, because her mother knows her. It’s a joke. Things don’t have to be analyzed to death or assume she hates all baristas and is a snob and doesn’t tip and think every barista is on drugs.

      What’s the “bad behavior” here? Because she called a drug addict dumb and made a joke to her mother about getting mixed up with a barista? Maybe some of us know there is real bad behavior out there in the real world.

      March 17, 2010 at 7:14 pm

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    • 8.  Christine

      My assumption came from her horror at the thought of bringing home a barista – and making the connection between “barista” and “drug dealer”. I know young people who work menial jobs and are judged by others because of them, but who are intelligent, contributing members of society. They may seem “dumb” to the twenty or thirty somethings they are serving, but that’s because they don’t wast their conversation on people who judge them and treat them like crap.

      My issue with the OP was her dismissive tone about this young man and the assumptions she was making because of his current job. The OP did not censor herself in her e-mail exchange with her mother – but she DID voluntarily post it this board. That leaves her open for comment and opinion – and I gave mine.

      March 18, 2010 at 3:09 pm

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    • 9.  Kara

      She judges the barista without knowing anything more. You judge her without knowing anything more. You judge everyone on this site, saying that the people who find this funny are condoning bad behavior.

      I personally don’t ascribe the worst behavior for people. I thought it was a funny email between a mother and daughter, but I am not condoning bad behavior, I just am not going to ascribe motives and tones to something I don’t know. I will look at the face value and assume people are good.

      March 18, 2010 at 7:45 pm

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    • 10.  Christine

      First: I offered an opinion, using the phrase “bad behaviour or flawed thinking” – perhaps not the best choice of words, but I didn’t intend to engage in a lengthy debate. I did not accuse the OP of bad behaviour. If anything, I was speaking in generalities about responses to posts on the board: Sometimes there are posts involving very graphic language or obscenties and I have noticed that some people who can look past those things and find them amusing and some are offended. In this case, it was someone whose opinion of servers appears to be very low at a “class” level. I then gave my opinion, based on my personal reading of the OP’s post. I also felt compelled to defend people in service industries who are judged unfairly.

      Kara, you clearly fall into the first group. I am in the second, for the most part. I’m entitled to my opinion, you are entitled to yours.

      March 19, 2010 at 3:01 am

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    • 11.  mike

      This definitely crazy daughter.

      April 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm

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    • 12.  caty

      eh she’s clearly a big square. who really says “he’s on drugs” except really big squares?

      April 8, 2010 at 2:31 pm

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Love, Mom