Maria had more to share about working the cafe at the bookstore:
“Booksellers cafe is just that. A cafe that serves Starbucks coffee. WE ARE NOT STARBUCKS. At least once a day I’ll have a customer come up to me trying to pay with a Starbucks gift card. I inform them that “I’m sorry, we aren’t them and therefore that gift card doesn’t work here.” There’s ALWAYS that one person that argues with me.”

I don’t understand how people can’t wrap their brain around something so simple. These people don’t walk into a Target or Walmart to buy Starbucks products and think they can pay with a Starbucks card, what causes them to think differently when entering a bookstore? An establishment that one hope would bring in a more intelligent clientele, but with over a decade of experience working here, my hopes have been dashed to pieces countless times.