I am sitting in a Starbucks on Washington Street in downtown Boston. The snarky barista greeted me with "What can I get you, sweetie?" And every time he had something to say, he ended it with the very offensive moniker, "sweetie." When I asked him if he realized whether or not it was unorthodox to call a grown woman (with gray hair) "sweetie," he said he would never do it again -- and then called me, "dear."
I asked if the music could be lowered and it was lowered for approximately 3 minutes and then cranked up again. When I asked for it to be lowered again, it was turned off -- and then the air conditioning was turned up! This is the second time in as many weeks this has happened.
Perhaps Starbucks doesn't pay its staff enough that they can resist the incentives offered them by gangs that stalk for private organizations such as www.infra-gardboston.org
. Perhaps they have so little self respect they think its fun to terrorize people and wouldn't care a whit if they weren't incentivized. Perhaps they're from a group that has been marginalized by American society for so long, they see gangstalking as a way of getting back at the "crackers," like me -- truly democratizing society in the way social custom and jurisprudence never has. Maybe its a combination of all of these factors -- who knows? One thing's for sure:
Businesses in America, such as Starbucks, better start acknowledging these fascist
business practices and condemning them -- not because it will alleviate my torment, but simply because it's the patriotic thing to do and not doing it will ensure that someday, when the stalking turns into assault, then armed assault, then assassination it won't happen to the good people at HQ. That is what Starbucks is creating by not addressing this problem head-on -- a culture in which no one is safe.