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The Biggest Threat To Minimum Wage Restaurant Workers Everywhere?

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Over the past year, unionized restaurant workers across numerous fast-food chains but mostly at McDonalds, expressed their dissatisfaction with compensation levels by striking at increasingly more frequent intervals - a sentiment that has been facilitated by the president himself and his ever more frequent appeals for a raise in the minimum wage. Unfortunately, as we have pointed out previously, in the context of corporations that have given up on growing the top line (as virtually all free cash goes into stock buybacks and dividends and none into growth capex), and in pursuit of a rising bottom line, employee wages are the one variable cost that corporations will touch last of all. But what's worse, these same unionized employees have zero negotiating leverage.

Perhaps nowhere is this more visible than in the recent strategy of smoothie retailer Jamba Juice, which in order to battle a 4% drop in Q3 same store sales has decided to radically transform its entire retailing strategy by getting rid of labor, cheap, part-time or otherwise, altogether. Presenting the biggest threat to minimum-wage restaurant workers everywhere: the JambaGo self-serve machine that just made the vast majority of Jamba's employees obsolete. Coming soon to a fast-food retailer near you.

Why did Jamba just make its retail sales force obsolete? Part of the problem is heightened competition: McDonald’s has entered the smoothie market, and others like Dairy Queen and Panera spent the summer promoting their rival drinks. Which means even less top-line growth potential. It also means that in order to push more of the top line straight to earnings, and bypass variable costs, a problem that will be faced by increasingly more corporations, Jamba's corner office had no choice but to unleash JambaGo.

Bloomberg reports:

The smoothie chain is hoping to see improvement from something it calls “JambaGo,” a self-serve machine that can be installed in cafeterias, schools, and convenience stores. Jamba Juice makes money by selling the prepackaged, pre-blended smoothie ingredients to JambaGo vendors, like a soda maker selling syrup to the owner of a soda fountain. The advantages: Jamba doesn’t need to build a store and the labor costs are much lower compared with hiring staff to concoct made-to-order drinks.

 

The company expects this model to help expand its brand more quickly and cheaply. Last quarter, however, revenue from the JambaGo program amounted to just about $400,000. But having recently landed a deal with Target (TGT) to put JambaGo machines in 1,000 Target Cafés, the company will soon have installed more than 1,800 machines (up from only 404 at the start of 2013). By contrast, there are currently about 850 Jamba Juice stores.

 

Based on a goal of $2,000 in annual revenue per JambaGo, the rough math for 1,800 machines is $3.6 million—a decent boost for a company that took in $228.8 million in revenue last year. Another 1,000 are planned for 2014, which would bring in another $2 million in annual revenue.

Here's what happens next: Jamba will do what every other company does to demonstrate that its radical strategy is successful - fudge the numbers and beat EPS for several quarters. This will happen even if JambaGo is ultimately yet another loss leader. However, its peers will watch closely and soon decide to roll out their own version of just this: a self-contained dispenser of a la carte prepared fast-food food, either liquid or solid, and in the process let go tens of thousands of their own minimum-wage employees, also known to shareholders as "costs."

What happens after that should be clear to everyone: more unemployment, lower wages for the remaining employees, worse worker morale, but even higher profits to holders of capital. And so on. Because in a world in which technology makes the unqualified worker utterely irrelevant, this is what is known as "progress."

 


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Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:36 | Link to Comment HedgeAccordingly
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love me some fries.. So does Mary Jo - http://hedge.ly/19hEvMq 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:38 | Link to Comment Buckaroo Banzai
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I'll take that exotic-looking selection on the far right, please. To go.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:41 | Link to Comment FieldingMellish
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Ahhh.... the Thai fish sandwich... good choice.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:51 | Link to Comment hedgeless_horseman
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Consumer's give up any real power to choose when they become consumers.

Grow your own. 

Raise your own. 

Cook your own. 

Eat at home.

Keep your capital near your home; stop shipping your capital to Wall Street, Wal*Mart, and The Great Wall.

Sweet potato pie is back on the menu!

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:52 | Link to Comment kaiserhoff
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No one really wants card board food,

  or fat chicks.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:59 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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Those yams are giving me an inferiority complex!

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:01 | Link to Comment SilverIsKing
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Train to become a JambaGo self-serve repairman.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:09 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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Do I gets me own uniform?  How is dem benefitz?

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:16 | Link to Comment knukles
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Not a problem, actually to the benefit of those poorly paid, no benefits workers...
Form the jobs they hold today, inure no sense of self-esteem.
Better they're put on the dole.
Treated better.
By ObieWorld

to sarc or not to sarc, that is the question, for reality has become so fucked up that misery is our new perpetual companion.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:21 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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Enjoy your XTRA BIG ASS FRIES!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW-4LU79qbU

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:48 | Link to Comment ronaldawg
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My wife would give her left nut for those sweet potatoes - how did you get them soooo big?

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:18 | Link to Comment logicalman
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I'm thinking it's YOUR left nut she'd be giving.

Sleep with one eye open!

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 22:53 | Link to Comment JohnnyBriefcase
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Where's that vegan douchemonkey who freaks out every time people post home grown food animals?

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 23:23 | Link to Comment Tijuana Donkey Show
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VD is hiding in his closet eating some beef jerky.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:32 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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A raised bed with well-forked, uncompacted soil in a sunny location will do wonders for most root crops. I had sweet potatoes that size last year.

What was stunning was that I didn't even put them in the ground until mid-July. I had 4 potted sweet potato plants I'd started from clippings of those I'd grown the previous year, but no space for them outside until I harvested the garlic. I put one in each corner of the 12' by 4' raised bed, encouraged them to vine toward the center, and cleared some straw from the soil every couple of feet so they could send down more roots. I had to dig them up mid-October to plant more garlic, and many were as big as those in HH's picture.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 00:37 | Link to Comment Stuck on Zero
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Those aren't sweet potatoes.  Those are garnet Yams.  Yams are potatoes.  Sweet potatoes are not.  Go figure.

 

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 04:17 | Link to Comment akak
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Actually, they ARE sweet potatoes.  Yams are tropical tubers only superficially similar to, but only distantly related to, sweet potatoes, and are rarely if ever seen, and never grown, in the USA. 

I know a lot of Southerners like to call sweet potatoes "yams", but yams are simply not an American crop.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:51 | Link to Comment The Alarmist
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Yeah, but aren't you going to miss the flavour of that extra-special juice mix the barista/juicemaster/whatever-they-call-him makes when he is having a bad day?

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:50 | Link to Comment MeMadMax
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Machines don't bitch about long hours, no free healthcare, vacation time, raises, someone getting promoted when they should've been promoted, complain about customers, treat customers like shit, talk on the phone when they should be working, complain about their work, walk off the job, etc etc etc...

 

 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:14 | Link to Comment Pizza man
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Was thinking along those exact lines. Workers used to ..well, work!

But i'm not happy with this new trend, because a job is also training and even of meager, represnets the potential to do better (if we ever have a real economy again) . We don't like the attitude of workers? Wait until they don't work, have zero future, but an ever worth-less government check. We that have anything to ou names will be living like they do in Jakarta and Latin America. Behind walls.

 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:27 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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True, but the inventors probably didn't expect a material portion of passersby to ask where on the machine they're supposed to insert their dick.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:24 | Link to Comment hedgeless_horseman
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Jamba Juice makes money by selling the prepackaged, pre-blended smoothie ingredients to JambaGo vendors, like a soda maker selling syrup to the owner of a soda fountain.

Sounds interesting.  I think I will pass, thank you. 

I much prefer fresh-picked berries in double-cream from our family cow.  The texture is sublime.  Some may prefer to add a little blackberry liquor as well.  I doubt that machine offers this option.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:41 | Link to Comment prains
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dang nab it! do you mean to say my revolutionary idea of McShitinYourMouth Drive Thru is gonna get beat to the punch by a damn juicing outfit !!!

 

back to rollin phatties I guess, excuse the pun

 

ask yourself a question folks!.... has somebody washed your Yams today?

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:39 | Link to Comment ronaldawg
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Don't we already have this?  It is called VENDING MACHINES.

I don't eat out of vending machines cause in my Catholic high school we did not have a cafeteria - only vending machines - I can't do that again.

Thu, 11/28/2013 - 17:52 | Link to Comment Glasnost
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What I don't understand is.....where does the money to buy those things come from.

The Dutch economy is service based, so if you eliminate all the service workers through automated machines, where does your income for your company come from?  Air?  Idiots. 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:56 | Link to Comment Rock On Roger
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Amen. That machine dispenses poison.

I like your tubers.

 

Stack On

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:10 | Link to Comment Ignatius
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Fuck factory food.

Fuck the complete dissassociation of people from the economy.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:49 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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Coming soon to McDonald's: the Vend-O-McMatic® Drive Thru, where you can order the new Shamrock Quarter-Pounder McSmoothie® and other new Happy McSmoothie Meal-Equivalent Drinks®.

You're lovin' it, dammit!

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:53 | Link to Comment akak
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I can't wait for the Mcdrive-thru bathrooms too.

 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 20:18 | Link to Comment Intoxicologist
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Where they wash all the potatoes?

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 20:45 | Link to Comment akak
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... of their US 'american' citizenism taint.

After that, why, they taste just like kitten!

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 21:00 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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Alas, alas, plus another alas, facing choice of that durianity, somehow taste of kitten intrinsicately seems mildly less disgustingular than taste of taint. Still would need providement offuscationary tastings application the hot sauce judiciously.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:12 | Link to Comment Bangin7GramRocks
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2000 whole dollars per machine per year! Give this CEO a big ass raise! He really does deserve to make a 1000 times his average workers salary. What a fucking genius! 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 21:46 | Link to Comment spdrdr
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'xactly what I was wondering.

How much do these machines cost, to manufacture and service?  (I'm not even talking about power or re-stocking, just the basic operation)

$2,000 net per year is fucking crazy!  

You'd get much more than that from a Space Invaders console - today, let alone 40 years ago!

What the fuck is the ROI??

 

 

 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:14 | Link to Comment El Vaquero
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I'm not sure if it is a good idea to tell a married man that you like his tubers in a public forum.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:50 | Link to Comment A Nanny Moose
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Jane, get me off this crazy thing!!

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 20:56 | Link to Comment sgorem
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you've got that right hedgeless. ain't technology great! Jamba's got a new app for that, "Fire Their Minimum Wage Asses!"...free download at ou812.com

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 23:11 | Link to Comment sgorem
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AND....................wtf! they'll be makin' moar money and bennies on welfare. that's the permanent New Normal!

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:20 | Link to Comment Larry Dallas
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At least the machines won't give you attitude and look at you like your racist when you order. No judgment shopping.

"Let me axed you a question. Do you want Fries wid tat?"

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 21:45 | Link to Comment mikeadamson
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Gee, why on earth would they think you're racist?

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:47 | Link to Comment NewAmericaNow
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To Go? Don't let her get caught driving in Saudi Arabia or you'll have to bring her back for a full refund

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:48 | Link to Comment LongBalls
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And those machines will accept food stamps I'm sure....

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:54 | Link to Comment The Alarmist
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No problemo!  Food Stamps became so much more universal when they morphed into the SNAP card.  Coincidence that Coke vending machines take "debit" cards these days?  

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:41 | Link to Comment doctor10
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Peasants are expensive to keep. In fact they might even blow up the central banks derivative house of cards.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:39 | Link to Comment Mike Hunt Hurts
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Stupid machine fucked up my order

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:42 | Link to Comment TeamDepends
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Just wait 'til the JambaGo self-serve machines form a union...

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:48 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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and demand healthcare

 

seriously reminds me of the early star trek episodes though

funnier still...never have had a smothie made by someone who isnt me

didnt even know i could

still wont....no way they can use the fresh fruit i grow

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 00:02 | Link to Comment Decolat
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Does it spit in your food?

 

It better...

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:52 | Link to Comment Mike Hunt Hurts
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Skynet Local 254 - on strike

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:07 | Link to Comment TeamDepends
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Make your own smoothie, fleshie!!!!

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:56 | Link to Comment Mike Hunt Hurts
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Cross this picket line and you will be Terminated

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:09 | Link to Comment jimmytorpedo
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Smoothie?

But I still have teeth!

I refuse to eat through a straw.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:54 | Link to Comment A Nanny Moose
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..and the machines were all kept equal, by hatchet, ax, and saw

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 20:35 | Link to Comment Offthebeach
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Some machines are more equal then others.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:48 | Link to Comment pods
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Why did I just imagine a Hanson saying that?

pods

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:29 | Link to Comment Jumbotron
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The Terminator was a documentary instead of Sc-Fi.  With one exception.  The robots will be friendly.....and may not even have a face or look human.

Ask the former Blockbuster employees if they don't understand this.....seeing as how a little "Red" robot kiosk helped put the knife into their jobs.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:40 | Link to Comment FieldingMellish
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This won't help achieve Mr. Yellen's 6.5%... 6% ... 5.5% ... unemployment rate target.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:14 | Link to Comment Citxmech
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Sure it will - just have to take all the unemployed out of the "labor pool."

PS - So are these like the Auto-Mat - just without any style?

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:42 | Link to Comment ronaldawg
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Isnt' Auto Mat like the burger restaurant in Amsterdam that has the little doors?  That is gross too and I won't eat that.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 23:31 | Link to Comment yogibear
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Seems like Dog food. ALpo in a machine.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:40 | Link to Comment Zombie Investor
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Better yet, bye, bye Starbucks:

"Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a way that a human could never be. It requires no training. It can’t quit. It has memorized every one of its customers’ orders. There’s never a line for its perfectly turned-out drinks. It doesn’t require health insurance."

http://tinyurl.com/mu4glgn

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:49 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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another place i dont frequent

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:52 | Link to Comment Frostfan1
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The coffee vending machine concept brings up a good point that the machine will end up being the equivalent of the iPad to the computer.  You have both but you look up more things on the net with the iPad than the computer and the same will happen with these vending machines resulting in less trips to fast food restaurants leading to closings and less restaurant jobs.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:07 | Link to Comment thisandthat
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They're all over european highways for years; crappy coffee at ripoff prices (1.2 € as rule, a few years ago; costs me .6 € at local coffee shops).

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:51 | Link to Comment ronaldawg
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That is 1.2 euro for 2 oz (or less).  But the coffee is delicious though (at least in France).

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:38 | Link to Comment thisandthat
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Quality, well made coffee is good everywhere; vending machine is pretty much guaranteed crap. Homemade (bag, capsule) costs about .3 €/cup (7g).

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:01 | Link to Comment css1971
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Nope.

Here is Starbucks competition:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-x-0-4-LITRE-INSULATED-STAINLESS-STEEL-TRAVEL...

Where people are cutting costs, they are not going to be buying on the go at all. They will pony up the $10 for the mugs, another $10 for high quality coffee and just make their own, a cafetiere costs another $10, or a coffee machine maybe a bit more. Saving what $5? $10? per day as they do it.

Better coffee and it pays for itself in a week.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:38 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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With good beans and a stainless steel French press, one can make coffee that makes Starbucks swill taste like the burnt-beyond-mercy crap that it is, and for about 1/15th the cost.

Imbecile consumer sheeple lining up to buy $6 assbucks coffee when $6 could allow them to make the same amount of INFINITELY SUPERIOR coffee for about 45 cents.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:55 | Link to Comment akak
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Even worse, TIC, are the hordes of mindless, utterly lazy, mindless, gullible, trend-sucking, mindless, spendthrift, mindless, idiotic (and did I say MINDLESS?!) fools who buy WATER at $1.69 or $2.49 or whatever the fuck price at a 'convenience' store, when they could fill and carry a thermos, or the exact same fucking bottle for God's sake, for essentially FREE at home!  This bottled water bullshit trend has to be one of the biggest self-inflicted ripoffs and scams I have EVER seen in my life!  I'll be DAMNED if I am ever going to PAY for fucking water!

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 20:19 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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.

This bottled water bullshit trend has to be one of the biggest self-inflicted ripoffs and scams I have EVER seen in my life!

Saturday at the grocery store in one of the beverage aisles I passed a couple searching the bottled water looking for the variety that was on sale. I just thought to myself that they could get the same product at a substantial savings by refilling their bottles from the tap.

I'll be DAMNED if I am ever going to PAY for fucking water!

Generally in agreement, although purchasing distilled water at 99 cents per gallon makes better use of my time than distilling it myself. I also have various uses for the polyethylene jugs which, to the garage scientist/experimenter/recycler, are far more useful and made with less troublesome chemicals than the poly(ethylene teraphthalate) water bottles.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 20:52 | Link to Comment Offthebeach
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I think of my infantry days. Drinking sugar cain field puddle water with some iodine caps. And, talk about leaching plastic. I have no idea what those low bid canteens were made of. Coffee? Rip open instant powder pack, pour/knock back into mouth the powder and chase with said plastic/liodine pond scum.

So, its all good.
Won't do Starbucks. Overpriced and the help and sheeple creep me out.
McD, not bad.
Good instant, great.
I get it to waken up or continuing donkey rax slaving.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 02:41 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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If you ever taste the water coming out of the taps in my area, you would know why bottled water exists!

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:23 | Link to Comment logicalman
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Good beans, ground immediately before going into aforementioned press, beats any coffee you can buy.

I'm a big fan.

I get through (on my own) about a Kilo of beans a week, so I may as well get it right!

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 20:11 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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If you really want amazing coffee, use an extruder & brew under high pressure with a water temp at about 210 °F degrees (or 98.9 degree Celsius for those in the far saner world of the metric system) -

- even coffee made with average beans this way will taste incredible, and the cost comes down to about 1/30th of what assbucks charges per ounce. I don't drink coffee anymore, though. The caffeine interferes with my REM sleep patterns.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:32 | Link to Comment ForTheWorld
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We truly are in the Century of the Self:

"Think of it as the future. Think of it as empowerment. Your coffee, your way, flawlessly, every time, no judgments."
"
Had a great experience at Briggo? Why not tweet that? Invented a new combination of syrups and brew temperatures and other elements that yields the perfect drink? Tweet that, too."

Being so delusional must be bliss.

Then there's this:

"Barista robots are barely even a thing yet..."

What kind of garbage application of the English language is this? I've noticed more and more people asking "Is that a thing?". We really are progressing towards a 1984 style language where only the bare minimum of description is required, and everything will be a graded good.


Tue, 11/12/2013 - 20:04 | Link to Comment A Nanny Moose
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At least Newspeak used words.

We have txt-speak, and cannot even be bothered to spell out entire words.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:44 | Link to Comment Rainman
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Like I keep sayin .. . you humans won't be necessary much longer.

Never send a human to do a machine's job.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:57 | Link to Comment Agent P
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The factory/store of the future will consist of many machines, one man, and a dog.  The machines are there to do all the work, the man is there to feed the dog, and the dog is there to make sure the man doesn't touch any of the machines. 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:03 | Link to Comment Trimmed Hedge
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Don't feed the dog, then..

Derp...

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:16 | Link to Comment Citxmech
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Might as well re-post this link thoughfully provided by another ZHer on the topic of possible futures in which workers are displaced by technology.  Pretty frightening, if thought provoking, stuff. . .

 http://www.marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:47 | Link to Comment German quality ...
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Sadly that's also true for engineers. I don't get why many people think that engineering will be safe from automation. You, Agent Smith, have taken many of those jobs over already:

http://gqjftw.blogspot.de/2013/10/on-productivity-diversification-and.html

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:40 | Link to Comment akak
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Maybe their sales would be better if they stopped using unripe and crappy fruit in their smoothies.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:05 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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The Jamba Juice business model is all wrong.  The key to that business is locate tiny, low-overhead juice counters within carting distance of any kind of fruit seller, that way, when fruit is on the cusp of overripening (aka peak deliciousness) however not selling, Jamba can buy up what would otherwise be wasted inventory and use it quickly, gaining profits on their value-adding process (blending with smoothie ingredients).  This is the economy of the food bazaar for ages: counters preparing food purchased from wholesalers on the cusp of spoilage.  You eat and buy at the same market. 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 20:21 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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Have you tried their durian smoothie yet?

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 04:26 | Link to Comment akak
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Alas, alas, three vomitingationalizings alas, aroma and tasting of durian of dairy smoothing was upping more than just slightly the remindings of typical Chinese roadside on hot summer day.  River pigness on high order monolizing the putrifying means such as like and beyond some more, no treat for the sophisticated US 'american' citizenism palate.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 05:31 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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Ah, ah, picture paintment achieved throating describementational wordings monolizing the river pigmentary retching means of durianity pours guffawment raughing out roudry.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:40 | Link to Comment mrdenis
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So you want a raise huh?

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:41 | Link to Comment Seer
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Yay!  Now all those ex-restaurant workers can become higher-paid machine service technicians!

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4006/4623883253_ed08217b35_z.jpg

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:45 | Link to Comment thisandthat
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Coming soon to a "restaurant" near you - "Why U give me no sammiches, bitch?": https://www.google.com/search?q=atm+explosion&tbm=vid

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:42 | Link to Comment Frostfan1
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Funny how that works.   Liberals get uber-happy that they win a minimum wage vote somewhere and someone comes in and automates hundreds of jobs by a corporation with an incentive to keep costs under control due to government disrupting the orderly flow.  At least the refill and  guy to the vending machines won't be making minimum wage as they'll probably get an incentive to keep the machines filled and get a higher take.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:42 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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"Enjoy your 'BIG ASS FRIES'!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW-4LU79qbU

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:17 | Link to Comment Trimmed Hedge
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiocracy

Oh, man.. I gotta watch this!

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:43 | Link to Comment thisandthat
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It's a brand new economy for a brand new society: 0% labor x 100% customers = absolute profit.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:44 | Link to Comment Frostfan1
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And you know McDonald's corp must be working on a super vending machine to sell their franchisees down the road

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:13 | Link to Comment FeralSerf
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It's the next smart phone killer ap -- ordering and automatic preparation, serving and billing of fast food at the drive up window. There is no other way to get your food. The only need for humans is feeding the machine with supplies and maintenance. There is nothing about most fast food that cannot be automated.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:49 | Link to Comment q99x2
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Guess they'll have to kill off all the excess humans or teach robots how to drink Jamba Juice.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:52 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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or vice versa

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:51 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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Smoothies are gay.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:53 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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favorite comment on thread so far

+1 for accuracy

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:58 | Link to Comment conspicio
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Ahem, the speech police demand you rephrase to:

"Smoothies are LGBTQueer."

 

Back to language camp for you, komrade.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:21 | Link to Comment mrdenis
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let me go smoke a fag 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:59 | Link to Comment Agent P
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Every non-alcoholic beverage over $3 is gay. 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:53 | Link to Comment pitterrier
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In the opposite world we are living in, we especially need an open border policy to fix this potential labor problem. 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:03 | Link to Comment conspicio
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Tylers - you are missing another big angle on this story, and that is SUBSIDY.

Jamba is looking to place (and is placing) these self serve machines in schools of all stripes and get your tax dollars to operate there. After all, an unhealthy apparatchik is almost like no apparatchik at all!

"[JambaGo smoothies] are compliant with recently enacted federal school meal guidelines that double the amount of fruit required to be served." (http://www.neontommy.com/news/2012/11/jamba-juices-jambago-machines-pour...)

And their Blend 2.0 business plan is a fascinating peek into the labor-less growth mode of the company.

PS, Ms exotic semi-hipster is 'shopped into that photo just like she is about every other Jamba ad for this JambaGo platform.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:13 | Link to Comment RobD
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Just another .gov promoted bogus "healthy" promotion. Right up there with vegetable oils(trans fats/highly refined) instead of animal fats,  and the high carb/sugar  food pyramid. Modern highly selectively cultivated fruits are pure sugar with a little fiber and not much better for you then HFCS.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:39 | Link to Comment dark pools of soros
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I'll eat a pound a sugar a day before ever touching HFCS ever again or any fake sweetener.. real sugar stops the craving and doesn't fuck with your body.

 

You'll eat a lot less sweets if they are always real sugar

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:01 | Link to Comment The Alarmist
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Once TPTB get done creating a healthcare shortage, they're going to set their sights on Food reform ... you'll look forward one day to the good old days when you had a variety of HFCS goods like Cheesey-poofs rather than the same old bowl of rice you will get for your day's labours in the paddies.  

 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:55 | Link to Comment atomicwasted
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Unskilled workers need to get themselves some skills.  They are increasingly irrelevant.  Sometimes they don't have skills through no fault of their own.  However, that's not the case most of the time.  Learn to do anything, whether plumbing or picking vegetables or mixing asphalt.  My local garbage workers are going on strike for even more money, when they do nothing but drive a truck around and pick up containers with a mechanical arm attached to the truck.  The sooner that truck gets automated/roboticized, and those guys are no longer sullying the payroll, the better.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:13 | Link to Comment adr
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Fucking plumbers charge more than dentists. Most of the time they just need to tighten a nut. Then you get a $350 bill.

The problem is getting bonded and insured so you can advertise plumbing services is too expensive for individuals so all the work goes out to large conglomerates. The guy going to you house to actually do the work gets like $20 and the fuck company takes $300 for the privilege of taking you call and sending him there.

Service Experts ranks high on the list of shit corporations of all time.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:42 | Link to Comment dark pools of soros
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Then get on your knees yourself fucknut or pay the man and admire his mooncrack

 

And there are plenty of local plumbers, you calling the corporations is your own fault...oh oh but it is cheaper..  so is wanking 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:55 | Link to Comment SmittyinLA
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Somebody is going to open a RobotBurger joint soon and clean everybody's clock with higher quality at a lower price. 

Imagine a burger joint that's totally consistent, always fast and open 24/7/365 and never makes you sick becase somebody forgot to wash their hands. 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:07 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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Plus, nobody spits on your food.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 20:32 | Link to Comment nodhannum
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Dat be Racis-s-s-s-s!

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:56 | Link to Comment joego1
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The great promise of the industrial age was that people would have better lives because the machines would be doing all the dirty work. I guess some do.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:57 | Link to Comment astoriajoe
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Nothing says romantic date night like vending machines.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:08 | Link to Comment adr
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I've seen vending machines for that in Japan. If romantic means 12" jelly dongs and vibrating nipple clamps.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:49 | Link to Comment dark pools of soros
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and some used panties for that 'just like being there' experience

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:58 | Link to Comment Pig Circus
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And it won't spit on your food or lick the taco shells like this recent jerkoff:

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/hes-licked-taco-bell-fires-shell-licking-employee-6C10205122

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:19 | Link to Comment FeralSerf
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Taco Bell seems to have more than its share of this kind of problem. In the TB near where I lived, one of the employees was caught putting his shit in the refried beans. A number of customers got sick.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:25 | Link to Comment SquirrelButtDan
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Read your comment twice and LOL'd twice. Yeah that does not surprise me.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:28 | Link to Comment akak
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Get the runs at the Border!

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:44 | Link to Comment ronaldawg
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Go to Sonic then - the absolute best fast food franchise short of In and Out.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:27 | Link to Comment El Vaquero
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A couple of years ago, a store near me had a guy who was handing out free samples of yogurt.  He had jacked off into several of them and was caught because one woman recognized the taste.  She even went on record with the newspaper.  Yeah, it was hilarious, and I want that chick's phone number.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:58 | Link to Comment dark pools of soros
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Take EBT?

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:59 | Link to Comment olto
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Tyler,

Please, look for some news----these free ads are not so interesting---there must be something more pertinent than this.

How about something than matters rather than frightening the only people working in the economy?

Thank you

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:11 | Link to Comment dark pools of soros
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Why do you work?  Why do you pay your bills??   They outsourced the collection agency... you scared of a mumbling fool on the phone?

 

 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:01 | Link to Comment Hagen
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They have manages to find a lean in the USA. A whole exploit.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:02 | Link to Comment unplugged
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Who needs a job anyway - work is for suckers.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:02 | Link to Comment trader1
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the biggest threat is the slavsquat

easy on the knees

 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:04 | Link to Comment kchrisc
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Somewhere in the US in the next year some pols and crats will outlaw such machines.

You heard it here first.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:05 | Link to Comment Chaos_Theory
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Brilliant!  Lower that labor cost.  Now if we could just figure a way to lower those upper management costs...

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:06 | Link to Comment adr
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All you need is that special ingredient and your daily ration card.

If nobody works, where does the money come from to pay for everything?

My liberal friends either can't answer the question or say that's what government is for. To provide for the people. I then ask the question again. I then usually get, "If the government can create money, then it can give money to the people."

Maybe .gov needs to sell "1984 or Bust" bumper stickers. Or "Going Orwellian", "Love Running Man".

If Obama ran a third term with a platform of turning the Hunger Games real, he'd probably win in a landslide. "I want you to know...that I'm looking out...for you. Which is why...I've instituted a new policy. That every four years...we send...ten thousand youths...from every state...to fight for each state. The winning state...gets health insurance paid...for the next four years. It will be known...as the Obamacare Games."

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:31 | Link to Comment SquirrelButtDan
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Entertaining as always adr. ;) I'd buy season tickets to support the Obamacare Games.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:47 | Link to Comment ronaldawg
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Actually the more difficult response from a liberal is - "Gee this country is so rich that we can't afford to help these people."

What is your response to that?

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:43 | Link to Comment akak
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The logical end result here is machines that have sex for us ... and machines that have babies for us ... and machines that feed us .... and machines that dispense drugs to us ... and machines that bury us.  Then machines that cut out all the middle hassle, and bury us as soon as we are born.  Then machines that simply say "Fuck all this human shit, we don't need it".

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:49 | Link to Comment gearbaby
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Right...

Blame the "libs," Obama and all the "progressives."

Just don't blame the CORPORATIONS.

You're a total ignoramus. 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:55 | Link to Comment akak
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Blame the "libs," Obama and all the "progressives."

Just don't blame the CORPORATIONS.

And the difference would be ....?

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:07 | Link to Comment giggler321
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Rather than Juicers for a business; they'll have no end of profits from this baby, a sure fire investment if I ever saw one,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-vRpQ0YyYo

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:11 | Link to Comment Kreditanstalt
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This company makes a profit?

What demographic actually BUYS this kind of expensive drink anyway?  They must have government jobs.  

I sure as hell have to think twice even to pay $1.40 for a coffee...

 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:37 | Link to Comment yogibear
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"I sure as hell have to think twice even to pay $1.40 for a coffee.."

Generation debt waits in line to buy expensive coffee at Starbucks.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 19:05 | Link to Comment ronaldawg
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Starbucks grande is $1.95 in California - so you are saving .55?  Congrats you can retire next year.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 22:30 | Link to Comment FredFlintstone
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The cost of a tall is even less. Starbucks has more jolt that fast food coffee, good value.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 20:36 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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.

What demographic actually BUYS this kind of expensive drink anyway?

Casey Serin.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:13 | Link to Comment unplugged
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When will GoBlowYourself arrive?  (automated blowjobs - never has a headache)

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:26 | Link to Comment Rainman
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Peculiar as it may sound, you could be on to something there.

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:29 | Link to Comment unplugged
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Has to be better than the 'glory hole'

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 20:24 | Link to Comment nodhannum
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But does it swallow?

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 01:04 | Link to Comment Tsunami Wave
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Yes - you'll hear what sounds like an industrial use hoover vaccum turn right on just when you press on the screen that you're about to "arrive."

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 20:47 | Link to Comment Freewheelin Franklin
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Already got it.. It's called the "Venus". It's the same people that gave us the "Sybian".

NSFW

https://www.sybian.com/venus/

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