Jun 6, 2014 Laura Q. commented on Two New Coffee Places to Avoid.
#2, I actually looked into this question: http://ironheadjane.com/2014/03/31/his-w…
Aug 27, 2013 Laura Q. commented on Starbucks Fires Employee on Food Stamps for Eating a Sandwich from the Garbage.
I forgot to mention, when they want to get rid of you, but can't fire you for grounds, they start eliminating your hours. Specifically, they start to make it really hard to make the amount of hours per week to maintain your health insurance. During my time at Starbucks, that was 20 hours per week. Mine got cut to 17 hours after a store transfer. I won't lie, I was not well-liked at that store (I tended to take "too long" to close by doing crazy shit, like actually cleaning during the time alotted to close.)
Aug 27, 2013 Laura Q. commented on Starbucks Fires Employee on Food Stamps for Eating a Sandwich from the Garbage.
I worked at Starbucks about a decade ago, and I did live off of "marked out" food - most of us did. My manager knew about it and turned a blind eye. Other Starbucks I worked at had theft that was even more egregious, where it wasn't just fresh food that was eaten and "marked out," but also entire freaking jugs of milk (not to mention cases of whipits.)

I was actually just thinking today about how we used to trade three Venti Frappucinos for a Papa John's pizza. Or Jamba Juice smoothies.

The point I'm making is that this person's manager is using a policy to do something they already wanted to do: fire this employee. I worked at three locations in the Chicago area, and subbed at most of the locations on the Northside at some point during my three years with the company. This kind of stuff happened at EVERY SINGLE STORE. it even happened at Seattle's Best (also, a decade ago, and in Chicago), and the manager of the "regional flagship" store encouraged us to eat mark-outs instead of letting them go to waste, even though it was against company policy.

I hate to cast doubt on this employee, because frankly, I'm sure that they need a job, and I'm sure that their manager didn't have any actual reason to fire them until this documented incident, but this was likely a means of doing the inevitable. Starbucks is a great employer when the economy is booming. I worked for them right before the Dot Com Bust. After the Bust, things went south REAL quick as our regulars dried up.
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Feb 4, 2013 Laura Q. commented on The Money You're Spending On College Tuition?.
After getting a masters degree, being in about $90K in debt, and burning out on my degreed profession, I really wish I had discovered community college much earlier. I've had so much joy taking classes at community college. It's harder, because you're really in classes taught to the lowest common denominator, but if you have initiative, and apply yourself, taking full advantage of the resources and teachers, you can come out with a great foundation with much less cost.
Feb 1, 2013 Laura Q. commented on Overheard in the Office.
True story: When I was in art school in the late '90s, I was in my first semester of Performance Art class. There was this girl, larger but sturdy build, short dark hair and dark eyes, like Liza Minnelli in Cabaret. Her attendence was spotty, to say the least. One day, she came in for one of our midterm performances, and unveiled her latest. She sat atop a speaker, with a cassette of audio playing, fuzzy, slight moaning sounds. She wore a white shirt, surrounded by fruit, which during the short performance, she smashed against her passionately, until her white shirt was covered in pale fruit juice.

That was the last we saw of her. That was her legacy. That, and though I looked nothing like her, my teacher calling me by her name on occasion.
Aug 18, 2011 Laura Q. commented on Later Dudes, Little House on the Prairie Tour '11 Starts Tomorrow!.
Hey Megan! I don't know if you're the same Megan I met volunteering at 826 Seattle, but I've really enjoyed your time on Slog - and even if I haven't met you, I wish you the best of luck in my old stomping grounds (SAIC). I'm sad to see you go - you've been one of the best Slog interns yet!

Aug 20, 2009 Laura Q. commented on A Clarification.
Still creepy. Now it looks like a Sound Transit rapture.