Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Starbucks Smoking Ban


I first heard about the Starbucks smoking ban when I was in Davao last week. Apparently, starting on Monday, the 27th of June, 2011, every Starbucks branch in the nation was to be declared a non-smoking zone - yes, including the outside bit. I hoped it wasn't true since I had gone through the same nightmare when I was living in Bangkok. Well, guess what? It's true.


I don't quite understand what the point of the smoking ban is, though. First of all, people don't sit outside of Starbucks unless they're smokers because a) Manila is too hot for al fresco coffee-drinking and b) Manila is just too hot for al fresco coffee-drinking. And, think about it: when have you ever seen a Starbucks so full that the indoor seats were all taken, anyway? Starbucks is a magical place - it is never too full to not have seats indoors.


Second of all, what's going to stop people from taking five steps to the left or to the right of Starbucks to have a cigarette and come back with their drink to sit at Starbucks every five seconds? (I used the number five twice in this paragraph because five is a magical number and, as mentioned earlier, Starbucks is a magical place.)


Third of all, I know people who would rather give up Starbucks than give up cigarettes, so this smoking ban is surely only going to end poorly for my favorite coffee shop. Lose the smoking ban, Starbucks. It's for your own good.


Is there anything you simply can't give up? Share your thoughts! :)

14 comments:

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