FOC LaD said this in re grindgate:
"Here's one benefit of being old - when you showed up for your shitty minimum wage job as long as your uniform was clean and you weren't high - you were employee of the month. Even management didn't have buy-in to crap like this. Even the people who created crap like this, thought creating "high standards" like this was crap and were doing for the money."
It does raise a larger point about business, and the relation between business and employee. In these troubled economic times, employers can, and do, ask for more from employees. An outfit like Clover is the product of entrepreneurship, which, as the Cod has seen up close, requires a kind of messianic zeal. However, going off the rails because your employees fix coffee for themselves differently from you have them fix it for customers seems more like a de gustibus non disputandum problem than a Benedict Arnold problem. If, say, Danny Meyer discovered Shake Shack employees fixing themselves shift burgers on toast instead of buns, hard to imagine he'd blow a gasket, as long as the customer experience was right. If you run a business, you want employees who will work hard and follow your directions. For some bosses, this seems not to be enough. A student of mine was let go from a local bakery, b/c "her heart didn't seem to be in it." For seven bucks an hour, that seems like a lot to ask.