Google image result #1 for "Starbucks fail."
And while it's no secret that Starbucks thrives despite this (I blame suburban moms, the Olsen Twins, and people who think life should be more like The Devil Wears Prada) -- I have -- in recent months -- noticed many people who I generally consider to have good taste cruising around the city with that signature green and white cup in hand. (What's with the Starbucks mascot anyway? Does she represent the currency of the star people?)
It can't be that they don't know any better -- and it's CERTAINLY not because there aren't countless other options -- so it must be something else. Here are a few theories:
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1. People are drinking Starbucks ironically. $4 seems like a lot of money for an ironic gesture, but then again, how can you put a price on irony? Like the punchline of a Mastercard commercial, it's fucking priceless.
2. People STARTED drinking Starbucks ironically, but then got addicted to those refresher things. I've never tried one but I hear they're delicious. I've heard the same thing about liquid crack.
Also addictive: Starbucks marijuana donuts. Guaranteed to give
you the munchies!
3. In this tough economy, people respect Starbucks for giving employees decent salaries + health insurance; thus the company as a whole has MOVED from the category of Hipster Revileus to Hipster Redemptious, much like '70s era Bruce Springsteen and Al Gore.
4. The whole idea of hipster culture is entirely meaningless. People do what they want.
Not surprisingly, Google returned 0 results of The Boss
drinking S-bucks. But look, here's a "Glory Days" mug
with an exclusive design! America!!!
Other theories? Leave 'em in the comments below.