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Starbucks Employees Are Getting A Raise, And So Are Your Drink Prices


Starbucks just announced a pay increase for all managers and employees, which they call partners. In a press release, the company announced that starting October 3, all Starbucks partners and store managers in company operated U.S stores will receive a pay increase of at least 5 percent.

On top of the wage increase, Starbucks also added that in the future they will be doubling the stock awards for partners who have worked with Starbucks for at least two years. Between the two, employees will have an increased yearly compensation of 5 to 15 percent.

This announcement comes as Starbucks is facing criticism from partners for cutting hours. A partner started a petition complaining about the lack of hours, saying it was effecting morale. It has gained almost 13,000 signatures in 19 days. CEO Howard Schultz addressed the issues with scheduling in the press release.

“Please know that you have my personal commitment that we will work with every partner to ensure you have the hours you need,” Schultz said.

The company also will be adjusting their health benefits program to allow more flexibility and savings for employees. In terms of morale, Starbucks said they will be relaxing their dress code, although it didn’t name specifics, saying that the announcement would come at the Partner Open Forum in July.

The wage increase wasn’t without other adjustments.

Starting June 12, the coffee giant also increased its prices. The prices increased as much a 30 cents on many popular drinks. Select sizes of brewed coffee will face an increase of 10 to 20 cents, and 10 to 30 cents increase on espresso beverages and tea lattes. Prices on 65 percent of its menu have not changed.

In a press release Starbucks named business needs as the reason for the increase.

“Pricing is continually evaluated on a product-by-product and market-by-market basis in our stores in order to balance business needs while continuing to provide value to our loyal customers,” the company said.

The price increase had to be announced early after a computer glitch accidentally charged some customers the increase early.

The company has increased prices in the past. This will be the third time in three years, and sales have still risen consistently so the price increase is not expected to raise any uproar. Although it might make some people think twice about ordering those secret menu items.


This is How Many Hours of Minimum Wage Work it Takes to Buy a Beer


Ever find yourself sitting at your desk, calculating what a day’s work will get you in beers? Of course you have. Gathering data on the average price of a domestic draft beer in different countries and the minimum monthly wage in different parts of the world, Quartz was able to create a comprehensive beer index.

After dividing the average price of a local brew by hourly minimum wage based on a 40-hour work week, they were able to find the approximate time it would take for someone to earn enough to buy a beer while making minimum wage. The results? Puerto Rico tops the list, as it take only 12 minutes to grab a beer. On the other hand, in Georgia it take half a day’s worth of work to rack up enough for a pint. The US fares off well at 24 minutes (priorities), while our neighbors upstairs average the same.

Check out the full spread below.


Picthx Quartz, wallsave


Craving A Pre-Flight Snack? Eh, Better Not — Airline Now Charging Passengers By Weight


It’s “the fairest way of traveling,” head of the Samoa Air airline Chris Langton told Australia’s ABC Radio.

Samoa Air has become the world’s first airline to implement a new pricing policy which determines passenger’s fare based on the combined weights of themselves and their baggage.

“Airlines don’t run on seats, they run on weight, and particularly the smaller the aircraft you are in the less variance you can accept in terms of the difference in weight between passengers,” Langton said.

Since November of last year, the small, two-plane, charter passenger airline has adopted new fare rates which start at $1 per kilo (or 2.2 pounds) and run as high as $4.16 per kilo on all international flights, including those between American Samoa and Samoa.

According to the Miami Herald, “That means the average American man weighing 195 pounds with a 35-pound bag would pay $97 to go one-way between Apia, Samoa, and Pago Pago, American Samoa. Competitors typically charge $130 to $140 roundtrip for similar routes.”

To make up for the increased fee, Langton has said that passengers who need more room will be given one row on the plane to ensure comfort and that families with children can now qualify for much cheaper fares.

Still, despite the airline’s hopes to the contrary, the new fare model is unlikely to be adopted by commercial airlines, having already faced a flurry of accusations regarding the potential sexism and discrimination of the model and its overall unfairness. Some netizens have suggested that instead of basing whole fares on weight, airlines should instead install a surcharge, considering a plane’s total operating costs are not based on fuel usage alone, but also include staff costs and taxes, among other things.

Others have praised the genius of the idea, asking why more airlines didn’t think of this sooner.

Kinda makes us wish those Dunkin’ Donuts Bacon Salad Wraps didn’t taste so good.

H/T ConsumeristMiami HeraldBBC + PicThx Business Insider


This Hiroshima Costco Charges A Ridiculous $32 for Parking


Good news! Apparently, I’m not the only person on planet Earth to sometimes go to Costco to just hang out. The free samples, the office chair races, the mounds of 88-to-a-pack of derelict baby toys. It’s dinner and a night out all in one, and now the residents of Hiroshima can enjoy my personal Wonderland . . . as long as they spend $32 (3,000 yen) to park.

Yes, $32 just to park. That’s less than two days of parking at Disneyland, and they don’t even offer tram rides to the cashier!  But, wait. Costco knows their parking fee is a little cray, so they offer a deal: Make a purchase of $53.50 (5,000 yen) or great, and you get an hour of free parking. Make a purchase of $107 (10,000 yen) or greater, and get two hours of “free” parking. In other words, it’s a race. Hiroshima shoppers need to plan their routes before parking. Dad grabs the twelve-pack of tires, Mom hustles for the two-for-one stove deal, and the little’uns fill their tiny hands with all the child-size jars of mustard they can handle. They better hope they find everything and it costs more than 4,999 yen, otherwise the 3,000 they spent outside just went to waste.

Apparently, the astronomical fee is a protective measure: Officials predict mad traffic at the popular warehouse/store, and the three-level parking structure can only accomodate 1,050 cars. Only. It’s also across the street from a large baseball stadium, so Costco doesn’t want anyone crowding their lot just to while away their day while watching the game.

If that 3,000 yen is a bit much for you, though, Costco offers parking meters, too: Just 100 yen ($1.07) for 10-20 minutes.

Yeah. Right. Good luck with that. Because Costco isn’t literally a giant warehouse maze that requires wheel dollies in place of shopping carts.

H/T Rocket News 24 + PicThx Parent Collective