I went to Starbucks this morning, the one with the drive-thru. I like this one for a couple of reasons:
- It has a drive-thru. I’m lazy and I don’t want to get out of my car. Also, this drive-thru tends to be faster than going inside and standing in line (the two times I’ve done that at this particular location).
- They make my wonderful syrupy drink the right way. The other Starbucks with a drive-thru (closer to my office) ALWAYS messes it up. Somehow, they manage to make it taste kinda fruity. Every time. So I don’t go there anymore.
- Every once in a while, someone starts a pay-for-the-car-behind-you chain. It’s nice, and I like that it happens somewhat regularly, regularly enough that I’ve been in that chain half a dozen times in the last few months.
Today was one of those days. I got to the window, and the cashier (is she a barista?) told me that the woman in the car in front of me paid for my coffee. I handed her my card and asked her to ring up the car behind me, and when the cashier handed me my card and my receipt, she said, “She also wanted you to have this,” and handed me a CD. A music CD, in a sleeve, like many of the others Starbucks sells. How exciting! That’s different – maybe that woman just wanted to make someone’s day (more than buying their order would)! I’d never heard of the guy on the CD, but I’m open to new music. This could be cool. Happy Monday!
Well, I got into the office and googled it. Surprise! It’s Christian rock. I don’t think that should be allowed. I mean, Christian rock should be allowed to exist (I guess), but proselytizing* via the Starbucks drive-thru is not cool.
Hm. It just occurred to me – I don’t think she bought it at Starbucks for me. I assumed she had, but I doubt Starbucks would sell it. I think she gave it to them to give to me. Weird and weirder. Well, it’s not working. I’ve spent half the day wondering how I should get rid of it. Do I know anyone who might appreciate it? Not really. I don’t want to just leave it somewhere or give it to some unsuspecting stranger – that’s how I got it, and it didn’t make my day. And I’m hesitant to just throw it out. Maybe John knows someone. Or I can always leave it at a church. I know where I can find some of those.
*Maybe she wasn’t proselytizing. Maybe the guy on the CD is her boyfriend or husband or son or cousin, and she’s helping him gain a wider audience.