Sunday, February 3, 2013
Driver cited for operating to endanger in mid-morning crash.
9:22 a.m. on a Sunday is normally a time when the Starbucks on Walker Brook Drive in Reading is filled with customers enjoying their morning coffee and pastry. Given the timing, its remarkable that no one was injured when a car slammed through the side of the building, causing significant damage. According to a Reading Police spokesman, the driver was pulling into a parking space on the side of the building when he hit the accelerator instead of the brake. As a result, the car jumped the curb and crashed through the windows. The driver, whose name has not been released, was also uninjured but he has been cited for driving to endanger. The Reading Building Inspector was at the scene Sunday afternoon to make sure the building was …
Friday, December 7, 2012
A North Reading woman thinks the item is "insane."
A Starbucks gift card would normally be considered a great holiday gift, except when they make it out of stainless steel, load it up with $400 and charge you $450. According to a BostonHerald.com article, local customers do not plan to put the coffee shop's newest gift item on their lists this year. North Reading resident Holyn Nickerson was quoted in the article saying that the idea is insane and that she would never buy the gift card for a loved one. “It’s definitely not for the average person,” she said in the article. A perk that comes with buying the stainless steel card is membership in the “My Starbucks Rewards Gold” program, which gives you a free birthday beverage and complimentary drink or food item after purchasing 12 coffees, …
Monday, November 12, 2012
A US Court of Appeals panel upheld a lower court ruling saying that a company policy violated state laws.
Starbucks owes baristas across Massachusetts more than $14 million for “violating state laws preventing supervisors from sharing in tips pools,” reported The Boston Globe. A US Court of Appeals panel upheld a lower court ruling on the issue in which “Starbucks baristas challenged the Seattle coffee chain’s practice of requiring them to share tips with shift supervisors, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in 2008,” reported The Globe. The ruling reportedly affects about 11,000 baristas who worked in Starbucks between 2005 and 2001.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The recall is because of potentially-contaminated peanut butter sold in Starbucks Protein Bistro Boxes.
Starbucks Protein Bistro Boxes are being recalled because of possible Salmonella contamination. Flying Food Group is voluntarily recalling Starbucks brand Protein Bistro Box with Enjoy By dates 8/10/12 to 10/6/12, which includes Justin’s Nut Butter 0.5-ounce single-serve Honey Peanut Butter squeeze packs. Starbucks has locations at 288 Main St. and 24 Walkers Brook Drive in Reading. According to the FDA, The recalled peanut butter squeeze packs contained in the Protein Bistro Boxes have the following Best By dates: 7/14/13, 7/26/13, 7/27/13, 7/28/13, 7/29/13, 8/9/23, 8/10/13, 8/13/13, 8/14/13, 8/15/13, 8/26/13, 8/27/13, 8/28/13, 8/29/13, or 8/30/13. Peanuts associated with the Sunland, Inc. recall were used in the production of certain …
Monday, August 13, 2012
A Starbucks will soon open in a funeral home in South Carolina, do you think this should be done locally?
According to ABC News, a Starbucks is going to open inside a funeral home in South Carolina. Patch wants to know what you think about this. Those attending a funeral at the Robinson Funeral Home in Easley, S.C., will soon be able to order a frappuccino before paying their respects. According to ABC News, the owner is also installing an area with Wi-Fi, a television and fireplace in the funeral home. What do you think about this? Are they taking it too far? Should funeral homes have televisions, wireless internet access and coffee shops? Do you think local funeral homes should have coffee shops? Let us know what you think in the comment section.