Thursday, May 31, 2018

Starbucks: When Your 3rd Place Is Also Your 1st and 2nd Place

Yes Virginia, there is such a thing as being terminally hip. And Starbucks is afflicted.

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If you’re unhip like me you had to look up “third place”

In community building, the third place is the social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home ("first place") and the workplace ("second place"). Examples of third places would be environments such as churches, cafes, clubs, public libraries, or parks. – Wiki

James Wood, who lives and works with hipsters, grasped its meaning immediately and responded accordingly:

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Because the primary reason homeless people people use Starbucks as their “third place” is to use their potties for #1 and #2. And because they don’t have either a “first place” or a “second place.”


But don’t feel bad, we’re all winners here in our 3rd place!


Good luck Starbucks. I hope you enjoy your new 3rd place. Or worse.

Meanwhile, the company's "Third Place Policy" — which would allow anyone to hang out or use the restrooms in its stores, regardless of whether they purchase anything — has already been leading partners and customers to question how Starbucks can continue to function as a business and refrain from becoming a chain of "homeless drop-in centers."Fox

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