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  • Is "smug" the new "downtrodden yet undeniably chipper?" I honestly have never met a smug Starbucks barista.
  • most doctors I've been to are smug self-entitled arrogant dicks telling me something they either googled 3 minutes beforehand or their drug marketing pamplet says is true. who then go home and vote for tea baggers.*

    most barristas are smiling helpful friendly people serving up something that makes me feel better. who then go home and vote for liberals.


    I'm no steve jobs, but I think I'd pick the barristas over the doctors. At least until something traumatic happens.


    * there is a clinic near downtown seattle that is mostly the reason I'm posting this. Several bootstrappy physicians decided to start a clinic. They say its a medical clinic but the few times I went, all that seemed to be happening was whining about politics. And how all the democrats were crooks and all the county republicans were being screwed.

    Haven't been back in a while to there.
  • Doctors are trained to deal with medical conditions. Barristas are trained to make coffee. Which of them had more spare time to devote to "being nice"?
  • Having known a few doctors-in-training, residents, I can unequivocally say, "YES."
  • This man is having a massive heart attack! Get him a venti extra-whip pumpkin-spice latte, STAT! And throw a cranberry scone in there too.
  • Short Answer: Yes.

    Long Answer: YYYEEESSSSS.
  • Barristas are there to do a relatively simple task that makes your day a little nicer. MDs tend to be dealing with you when you are having a very bad day, unless it's a simple checkup. Your state of mind will affect your perception of the encounter.
  • No, it`s a new euphemism for not actually intelligent but we have to make everybody feel good about their failings.

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    Nice but dim...
  • Doctors give you painful, humiliating exams, stick you with big needles and take a lot of your money.

    Baristas give you coffee, more coffee and take a little of your money.

    I know which one I want to see in the morning.
  • smug : emotionally intelligent :: large : whatever starbucks insists large is called.

    Also, baristas don't have a golf game with a pharma rep you're keeping them from.
  • There's an expectation of atmosphere at a Starbucks, and baristas have the opportunity to make tips by being friendly and making you coffee.

    People expect doctors to cure them or at least manage their complaint. Bedside manner is desirable, but not required if the doctor accomplishes his primary task. Do you want the surgeon who's nice to you or the surgeon who has the higher success rate?
  • I was a Starbucks barista before going to med school so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

    /Also worked for Circuit city
  • sandbar67: This man is having a massive heart attack! Get him a venti extra-whip pumpkin-spice latte, STAT! And throw a cranberry scone in there too.


    He's not responding. We need to run an espresso drip!
  • Summoner101: Do you want the surgeon who's nice to you or the surgeon who has the higher success rate?


    Why is 'both' such a far-fetched notion?
  • This actually kind of makes sense once you realize that medical school doesn't filter for people who will make the best doctors, it filters for type-A competitive assholes who are best suited to make it through the multi-year, no-sleep, and class-rank driven grind of med-school and residency.
  • How you can pull off being smug while working at a starbucks, I have no idea.
  • Easy, just make Doctors work for tips then they'll learn to be subservient.
  • My proctologist says I drink too much coffee. Ironic?
  • thamike: Is "smug" the new "downtrodden yet undeniably chipper?" I honestly have never met a smug Starbucks barista.


    Subby must be thinking of your typical Starbucks customer.
  • On the one hand:

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    But on the other hand:

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    /guess who'sback, bac, back, back again, Jedi's back, tell your friends
    //ys, I know they're fictional examples
  • Summoner101: There's an expectation of atmosphere at a Starbucks, and baristas have the opportunity to make tips by being friendly and making you coffee.

    People expect doctors to cure them or at least manage their complaint. Bedside manner is desirable, but not required if the doctor accomplishes his primary task. Do you want the surgeon who's nice to you or the surgeon who has the higher success rate?


    Yup. My lawyer is a dick too. But I wasn't paying him to be nice.

    Luckily my surgeon was pretty nice, but must be hard for an asshole to talk a 12 year old into letting him carve up the kid's head and rearrainge things.

    If you are making my coffee, all I expect is a smile, or if it's too busy to remember that just don't be rude. I've worked retail, if I can be nice to the general population anyone can.
  • That chipper attitude will fade away after having countless strangers at cocktail parties ask them to look at their "growth" when they find out they serve coffee at Starbucks.
  • Generation_D: most doctors I've been to are smug self-entitled arrogant dicks telling me something they either googled 3 minutes beforehand or their drug marketing pamplet says is true. who then go home and vote for tea baggers.*


    To give them their due, doctors are hit harder by income taxes than just about any other group. They have high income that is actually taxed as income, rather than at the lower capital gains rate. Many of them also run small businesses that are truly small, and thus get the worst of what government does to small businesses.

    I'm not defending them. Just saying that if there is any group that has a right to biatch about high taxes and burdensome regulation, it's doctors. I have no sympathy whatsoever for millionaire stock market speculators who pretend they get the short end of the stick. All I can say to that is: Cocaine is a hell of a drug.
  • Barristas don't make house calls.

    Doctors usually don't sell drug-free items that contain more drugs than the other brand's version of extra strength.

    Doctors don't usually work in a place for the primary reason that the place pays medical insurance.
  • I may not have sufficient experience with baristas to comment on this, seeing as my interaction with them is limited to 'large dark roast please' (I've never subscribed to that venti or tall crap, I refuse to speak their artificial sizing language), but this seems like 'let's for the sake of an article make an apples and oranges comparison in regards to social interaction'.

    It comes down to this quote from the secondarily-linked article this link is talking about (poor form, btw):

    'Why are Starbucks employees often better at responding to their clients' emotional needs than experienced physicians? '

    Because Starbucks employees are in customer service, and trained for it, and a physician is not. Done and done. Why are doctors often better at diagnosing and curing illness than Starbucks employees? You could quite possibly insert any food-service position that deals with the public in place of 'Starbucks employee' and come up with more or less the same article and conclusions.
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