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Starbucks President Attempts to Get Closer with Patrons, Maybe Too Close

Author Colleen Gleason shared a story this morning about a friend of hers who was pursued, uncomfortably, by a married man when she was on a business trip. Turns out that the man was the president of Starbucks, Jim Alling. Since Apple and Starbucks has teamed up to provide Starbucks music to iPhone users, I can’t help but wonder if Alling’s technique would have been strong if he led with the iPhone.

Can you believe this? Married guy, two kids, meets a friendly, intelligent woman and immediately assumes she’s going to jump in bed with him.

So here’s the punch line: two weeks later, Jane’s at home, watching the morning news, and the president of Starbuck’s is being interviewed on TV.

And the president of Starbuck’s, the married guy with two kids who travels between Seattle and NYC, who followed my friend up to her hotel room after she told him NO, is none other than Dick.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Robin
    Oct 05, 2007 @ 14:00:01

    Well as to Gleason’s befuddlement about the appeal of Starbucks, it’s the coffee potions: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Green Tea Frappuccino, Cinnamon Dolce Latte. I don’t like the coffee itself (my fave is Cafe D’Arte from Washington), but those drinks . . . yum. Oh, and the lemon scones.

    As for blogging about that story, I don’t really get why she did it (hearsay, defamation, blah blah blah).

  2. Kalen Hughes
    Oct 05, 2007 @ 15:36:14

    (hearsay, defamation, blah blah blah)

    Let’s jsut say that my best friend’s mom is the woman who’s effed up wedding gift sparked Starf*, so you’ll NEVER catch me in Starbucks.

  3. Karen Scott
    Oct 09, 2007 @ 02:57:11

    I wonder if the wife will hear about the this story… Or better yet, maybe it’ll be picked up by the media.

  4. M. Sheldon
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 00:20:44

    What a pile of garbage story. She wishes she was pursued by him. Go read some more Enquirer and Harlequin romance novels now.

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