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Election Day Freebie Watch: Part 4

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An informal canvass of three D.C. Starbucks suggests that people are taking their free coffee black and sweet—appropriately enough in this season of impending Obama victory.

• Down at the Farragut Park Starbucks, where people wear frumpy suits and look tired, the cashier simply converted every order for a tall coffee into a freebie, regardless of whether the customers knew about the promotion. Asked how many cups she had given away, she sighed and said "hundreds."

• Up in Dupont Circle, people with cool jeans and Obama buttons inquired politely after their free coffee. Many people took their coffee from the counter and looked around as if they were waiting for security to pounce. Unsurprising really, that people who are used to paying $4 a pop feel like a free cup is too good to be true. One older woman asked for two cups, and she got them. The barista, obviously not confident of a speedy Obama victory, said: "Ma'am, it might be a long night, so sure."

Former reason intern Jonathan Blanks partook, and had this to say: "I just spat on the party of my youth, and all I got was this lousy coffee. Thanks, Starbucks."

Lots of people are doubling up on the freebies—getting a solid two and a half dollars worth from their stickers—clutching their Krispy Kreme bag while standing in line waiting their free coffee. Sounds a little like an Election Day version of the Recession Special (two hot dogs and a drink), made famous by Gray's Papaya, where allegiances are clear:

gray's obama

Of course, Gray's raised the prices of the Recession Special last month, from $3.50 to $4.45. Not clear whether this means Gray's believes demand is going to be huge because the recession is going to be really bad, or whether Gray's thinks it won't be so bad that people can't afford an extra buck.

Either way, we're not quite at the bread lines stage, so perhaps we can hold off a little longer on the New New Deal?

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  1. perhaps we can hold off a little longer on the New New Deal?

    Racist.

  2. Sounds like Gray’s is just accounting for inflation.

    I’m sure that the price is the same in gold.

  3. free coffee black and sweet-appropriately enough in this season of impending Obama victory.

    I disagree. Obama is much more of a cafe au lait.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

  4. Katherine,

    Did you notice how people were tipping? Above average?

  5. Gray’s will never defeat Papaya King! Hail to the King, baby!

  6. More D.C.-area specials (some involving alcohol) are listed here.

  7. I need more caffeine than a tall coffee provides, so I paid for my usual vente americano. Four shots of espresso + water. Add your own milk and sugar. Much cheaper than one of the flavored drinks. Apparently, the Starbucks baristas call it a “ghetto latte”. I’m ok with that.

  8. i tend to agree with epi – if you’re going to eat horse asshole wrapped in the intestines of a sickly calf, papaya king is superior.

  9. Gray’s vs. Papaya King???

    Isn’t that like Famous Ray’s vs. Famous Ray’s?

    What’s the difference? Wait, one has the orange drink and the other doesn’t. I don’t know what’s in that orange drink but it’s pretty damn tasty.

  10. grays is less good, which may seem like splitting hairs (we’ll not wonder where the hair came from) since we are, after all, speaking of hot dogs…but if you’re shitfaced at 2 am it’s a difference that makes a difference.

  11. dhex gets it. Though venturing out for chili dogs at Nathan’s on a Coney Island Friday night at a party inside Seagate can be pretty great too.

    Isn’t that like Famous Ray’s vs. Famous Ray’s?

    It’s actually more like East side vs. West side, but I try to avoid that kind of crap.

  12. I got my free coffe, but bought a slice of blueberry coffee cake because–does that really need an explanation? I’m happy.

  13. Gray’s vs. Papaya King???

    Isn’t that like Famous Ray’s vs. Famous Ray’s?

    It may be closer to Stadium Mustard vs. Bertman’s Original Ball Park Mustard.

  14. Oh, yeah, it’s Katie M-W, workin’ that free donut thang. Go, Katie, go!

  15. It may be closer to Stadium Mustard vs. Bertman’s Original Ball Park Mustard.

    However, it’s probably not like

  16. I thought it was Ray’s v. all the other permutations – famous, Original, Not, etc.

    I always turn down the I Voted sticker, after asking the geriatrics handing them out “Did the taxpayers pay for that?” If they don’t know, or answer “Yes,” I tell them that I don’t want it, because I’m trying to keep government spending down.

    Kevin

    (Wrote in Libertarians for all offices, except “None Of The Above” for registrar of Voters)

  17. Wrote in Libertarians for all offices, except “None Of The Above” for registrar of Voters

    So if none were running, did you just pick random famous libertarians? Eg. Blue Druid for County Clerk, Ferret guy for state senator, DONDEROOOOOO for dog catcher, etc?

  18. “DONDEROOOOOO for dog catcher”
    No, Mo, he wrote in libertarians, not neocons.

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