'The 'everyone tell Starbucks your name is Bob' campaign' blog discussion

edited 23 April 2012 at 11:46AM in Martin's Blogs & Appearances & MoneySavingExpert in the News
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  • VT82VT82 Forumite
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    I've only been in Starbucks once since they started this initiative.

    Rather than being asked my name, I was asked if I wanted them to use my name, so I just said 'no thanks' (they've obviously experienced some resistance to it already). If they needed a name, I was planning on using 'Bruce', but I guess 'Bob' will do for next time.
  • i disagree with the sentiment of the blog. why attack starbucks for asking your name and trying to 'be' or 'appear' more friendly?

    the first thing i did was go in and give a stupid fake name for a laugh, but people are too quick to attack anything a 'big corporation' does..
  • Sceptic001Sceptic001 Forumite
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    I'm not normally a fan of BBC Radio 4 "The Now Show", but did laugh out loud when they reported that someone at the back of the Starbucks queue, when a customer was asked his name, shouted out "Don't tell him, Pike!"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V3SqxUomwk
  • ScarletBeaScarletBea Forumite
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    i disagree with the sentiment of the blog. why attack starbucks for asking your name and trying to 'be' or 'appear' more friendly?

    the first thing i did was go in and give a stupid fake name for a laugh, but people are too quick to attack anything a 'big corporation' does..

    Because there's a big difference between 'being friendly' and 'being intrusive'. Asking for your name is intrusive.
    I suppose we could also say "Ms. Surname", see what they say to that.

    Then again, I don't go to Starbucks. For me a coffee is a coffee. White or black, at a push.
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  • aliasojoaliasojo Forumite
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    I like this idea!

    I never go into Starbucks but I'm tempted to now just so I can play. :D

    I don't always agree with your stance on things Martin but I'm right behind you on this one. :rotfl:
    Herman - MP for all! :)
  • FluffiFluffi Forumite
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    Despite being aware of this new initiative I too found it weird when asked first thing in the morning "May I take your name". I don't want to give my name just to get a coffee, I rarely visit Starbucks and when I do I want to be anonymous!
  • tyllwydtyllwyd Forumite
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    How about 'Spartacus'?
  • sassysarsassysar Forumite
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    Nice fresh coffee, thermal mug with lid. No need to tell anyone your name Martin and about 200 percent cheaper. Money saving expert !
  • I think the poor workers in Starbucks feel daft enough asking people their names, without people acting the smart !!!. By all means have a pop at Starbucks, but leave the, most likely poorly paid staff be, they are only following orders.
  • loracan1loracan1 Forumite
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    'Bob'? I'd go for something far more exciting - "Lady Consuela Tinklebottom the third" at the very least.
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