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See, you got off on the wrong foot by even going into a Starbucks

“Thanks to the success of Starbucks it is now possible to have a reasonably good cup of coffee almost anywhere in the States. On Day One, I popped into my nearest for my morning Latte. ‘Small, large, regular, Go or Stay,’ the young Hispanic assistant barked in one breath. ‘I beg your pardon,’ I replied. A little exasperated, he repeated the mouthful at twice the speed. Completely confused and slightly embarrassed, I quickly opted for ‘regular’.”

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Grant Barrett