Liz Shenaut 
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Re: “How Peet's Starbucked Itself

Er, this is what I meant: "How you spend your dollars has a greater impact than how you vote" -- that's a bit more clearly stated.

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Posted by Liz Shenaut on 10/08/2011 at 12:41 PM

Re: “How Peet's Starbucked Itself

I worked for a Peet's in Sacramento for 14 months and came to all the same conclusions that are reported in this article. I agree with the recommendation to avoid supporting Peet's with your dollars and to buy your coffee elsewhere.

Yes, customer demands for speed may affect pressure on workers, but changes like having more staff on hand at any given time could easily alleviate some of the pressure on Peet's staff. The company's management is at fault for the changes over the last few years that put employees under such pressure to be ever-faster (to the point of physical injury), ever-friendlier, and more persuasive at selling products. A lot of my coworkers during closing shifts worked during their breaks to get done faster, since there was a certain time by which we had to clock out, regardless of how busy the store was. In order to avoid being yelled at by the store manager, they would just work on getting their tasks done off the clock. It's just not a company that treats its employees well (anymore).

At Peet's I was expected to work faster and harder and with fewer mistakes than anywhere else I've worked, and I made $8.25 per hour, which is 25 cents more than minimum wage. And there are many more retail corporations out there just like this. Peet's is just an example, but the message is to vote with your dollars by choosing to spend them at businesses that are worthy of your support -- businesses that practice social and environmental responsibility. How you spend your dollars has a greater impact than where you cast your ballot. So if you want to change the status quo, know where you dollars are going. (And don't give them to Peet's. Or Starbucks.)

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Posted by Liz Shenaut on 10/08/2011 at 12:38 PM

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