If you've been around here for awhile, you'll no doubt recall that I am a self-admitted Starbucks-a-holic. If you're a new reader, well
I am a self-admitted Starbucks-a-holic.
I fell the first day they opened here in Canada a few years back -- even before daughter became a Barista in 2007 (one of my proudest parental moments ever).
Yes all that free coffee, tea and other goodies definitely helps feed my addiction. And my collection of green-mermaid emblazoned paraphernalia makes my house look so much like a Starbucks, I am frankly amazed I don't find strangers lounging with their laptops or perusing a thick book whilst sipping on a latte at my kitchen table.
One of my favorite Starbucks-related possesions was my Starbucks Visa. I would revel in the response when whipping out the old card:
"Starbucks has a credit card now?"
"Um, no, but I DO get SBux points every time I use it!" I'd proudly respond.
And points I racked up. I was in coffee-scented heaven. I ingested a LOT of free drinks. Did I say a lot? Grande Gallons. Venti Gallons!
Until last month that is. My joyful existence was shattered one fateful day when, for some as-yet-to-be-disclosed-stupid reason (other than just to torture me) Visa decided to stop their partnership with Starbucks and replaced my beautiful * sniff* card with a regular Visa. (They also did the same with Target cards so I prefer to believe it wasn't some evil Tim Horton's scheme).
Of course, they stopped issuing points mere days before I used it for a trip. Figures.
Visa, you suck.
Starbucks, on the other hand you were kind enough to send me two gifts upon the finale of our all-too-short wonderous relationship:
1) A coupon book for a free ANY drink, ANY size, once a month for the next six months.
2) A Starbucks card for the remainder of my un-used Starbucks points.
Read that small print. Yep, I shall definitely take good care of my new Starbucks Card.
I'm off to register it to protect its value against theft or loss. After all, it'll provide me enjoyment for
years a milli-second to come.
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