Manic Mondays: (Un)Happy National Coffee Day

Alas, it’s Monday again. Bring on the mania.

The weekend has taken it’s usual train-wreck toll on me, and I’m struggling to get back into the weekday routine. But! There’s something great about today: It’s National Coffee Day!

Something I might actually consider keeping calm about... Photo from

Something I might actually consider keeping calm about…
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Now, I’m not sure what it takes to actually become a “National” day. Every time I go on Twitter it’s National Second Cousin Day or National Buy a Goldfish Day or something equally moronic. But, as an avid (and by avid I mean addicted) coffee drinker, I will not pass up an excuse to celebrate the juice of life.

To make this holiday even more exciting, Dunkin’ Donuts decided to give out free medium coffees to every customer. I first saw this promotion advertised on Twitter yesterday (I need to get off social media) and obviously, I was overjoyed. I’m a Dunkin’ girl through and through, so naturally I couldn’t wait for my FREE medium, hot or iced coffee the following morning. Little did I know it’s in Dunkin’s hiring requirements to be miserable.

Let me start off by saying, again, that I live, laugh, love Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Starbucks is overpriced and Tim Hortons’ brew taste like dirt (sorry, not sorry, Tim). However, I have come to learn over the years not to expect stellar service or stellar products from Dunkin’. My coffee usually has too much sugar or too little cream, they’re always out of plain bagels, their frozen beverage machine is often broken, not one employee knows how to make a bacon, egg and cheese correctly- the list goes on and on. Yet, I still come back for more and I’m usually very forgiving about my less than impressive experience.

Until today. This morning I woke up and bounced to the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts eager for my free coffee, only to find out it would be served with RUDENESS. When I asked about the promotion to verify what I had seen on Twitter, I was told in a monotone voice that I could only get a dark roast, hot coffee, NOT any hot or iced coffee as I had seen advertised.

Whatever. I was willing to look past that. You can’t believe everything you seen on the internet, anyway. What I was not willing to look past was the blatant annoyance that the Dunkin’ employee had as he was forced into giving this peppy, little blonde her free coffee. He rang me out without even imitating happiness and continued to talk about his cigarette break while making my drink. Is life really THAT bad in coffee-land that you can’t fake a smile for me, dude?

Long story short, I received my free hot coffee and enjoyed every second of it, despite my angst-ridden barista’s attempt to ruin my National Coffee Day.

Not today, buddy, not today.


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