Tuesday, July 14, 2009

When is a beverage not a beverage?

When it's a buy one get one free promotion from Starbucks.

My local Starbucks offered a free "beverage" with every "beverage" of equal or greater value purchased by customers who completed an on-line survey. There were no qualifications on what was meant by "beverage". I duly completed the survey, went back to the shop and attempted to redeem my coupon for a free juice.

Sorry. No. Apparently juice is not a beverage. Only coffee and tea are beverages.

The Starbucks definition of beverage reminded me of Bill Clinton's definition of sex - something different from what most people, and the dictionary, would use.

Needless to say, the coupon has been passed to a colleague who drinks coffee.

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