For those who follow Starbucks as an economic indicator, here's the latest drip of coffee news beyond the planned store closings. Through Labor Day, Starbucks (I like to call the chain "Buckies") is offering HALF OFF on grande iced coffee drinks after 2p, but only if you bring in a receipt proving you bought a Starbucks coffee that same morning. So it's really an attempt to boost many consumers' daily 'Buck-age by cloaking it as a discount. Still, the afternoon iced joe will cost $2 instead of $4, and that's a deal by Buckie's standards.
This is no surprise. It's brutal out there, even in half-caf-extra-shot-no-whip Beverly Hills. On Beverly Drive you can find just about every specialty coffee chain in America: Peet's, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and Starbucks.
Recently, I was walking to the Buckies on Beverly but stopped 20 feet before I got there when I saw a sign: "Coffee Wars!" It was in front of the Leonidas Chocolate and Cafe, a local chain offering half off on all coffee drinks before 9am. Well, I bit. And I wasn't alone. By the time I walked out with my cafe mocha, the line was nearly out the door. It was the longest coffee line on the block. Even in BH they're looking to save a couple (non-Star) bucks these days.
FAKE JANE VOTING FOR PARIS HILTON
Paris' energy policy makes a lot of sense.But while Fake Jane discovered Paris' fake campaign video on the Funny or Die website, she also found some hilarious fake environmentalists in the "Green Team." (warning: adult language).