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  1. #31
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    OMG John... you continue to crack me up!
    AJPratt
    Pratt's Hill of Beans

    "Don't laugh at the coffee. Someday you may be old and weak, too."

  2. #32
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    A toilet, a toilet....my kingdom for a non clogging toilet.
    You want cream and sugar?
    NO COFFEE FOR YOU! NEXT!

  3. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElPugDiablo
    A toilet, a toilet....my kingdom for a non clogging toilet.
    I'm right on top of that!
    AJPratt
    Pratt's Hill of Beans

    "Don't laugh at the coffee. Someday you may be old and weak, too."

  4. #34
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    " I had to go wit X-raoster because they GAVE me equipment" Yeah OLD used equipment.....and then tell me that my coffee tastes way better. Annd then askes my why his first week nuumber were good but they are falling off...HMMMMMmmmm, maybe the COFFEE?
    If your java tastes bitter: ASK QUESTIONS.
    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  5. #35
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    That's one good thing... the bank insisted on us buying the equipment so it would be collateral for the loan. So, if I don't pay the loan, I'll have no store, but I'll still have my house. LOL
    AJPratt
    Pratt's Hill of Beans

    "Don't laugh at the coffee. Someday you may be old and weak, too."

  6. #36
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    A side note:
    In the beginning, you can buy (major) equipment on your personal dollar. Lease it to your business at an appropriate rate.(corp or LLC). File tax accordingly.

    This way, if the business takes a nosedive, you can claim the equipment as you are a first in line creditor.
    John Piquet
    caffe d'bolla
    Salt Lake City, UT
    caffedbolla.com

  7. #37
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    Thanks, John... I'll have to look into that.
    AJPratt
    Pratt's Hill of Beans

    "Don't laugh at the coffee. Someday you may be old and weak, too."

  8. #38
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    Re: I agree

    Quote Originally Posted by Muddycup
    There alot of negitives. most can be attributed to employees, heres one that happened the other day.

    I had an employee post on myspace.com the following

    "Bored at work!"

    refer to customers as "interuptions"

    complain that she is over worked and under paid while complaining she is bored while using her lap top at work.

    Jim
    Young people these days are tied to MySpace...
    We have a no internet policy, except for management/owners for ordering products, etc. We have a 21 year old girl who keeps going on the internet. We have discussed the policy several times, but we keep catching her on MySpace. We finally had a formal staff meeting and told EVERYONE that if you go on the internet, you will be fired immediately. This is after someone downloaded an internet arcade game software that crashed our point of sale computer.

    When you are working 70-90 hours a week, spending additional time to replace a Point of Sale computer, then reformat the HDD and reinstall software on the original one, then swap them out again is very frustrating.
    I got a spare computer in there right away, installed our software, restored from backup, and got it up and running. I still have not fixed the old one, and the new one does not have a serial connection for the touch screen function...

    Employees are necessary, but they cause some problems. When you talk to them about it, the look at you like you are from Mars.

    JD

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    Re: ownership reality

    Quote Originally Posted by susansaddiction
    Then there will be the person whom you wish you could fire because they are just a pain in the butt - causing conflict amongst other emloyees, always whining etc., but not really doing anything to justify firing them....at that point you just pray they quit!
    Susan
    When we run in to this problem, we hire someone new and cut their hours, giving the hours to the new employee. Over time, we decrease the original employees hours and increase the new employees hours. If asked about it, we explaing that hours are distributed based on work ethic, self motivation, contribution to the team comradery, etc, etc. People either get the message and do better, or they start looking for a different job...

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    Re: ... i love you but...

    Quote Originally Posted by coffeenation
    Often, dealing with the Starbucks-educated general public. Thats the hard part. Oh-how-I-love my neighborhood, my customers. Sometimes, though you hear the same line over and over... and it becomes a little hard not to laugh at 'em. But then again.... not everyone should know way too much about coffee as most here do. However, here's my favorite examples, heard much too often:

    "oh my god, is there supposed to be coffee in this caffe mocha? Cuz it tastes like coffee and i don't like it. Did you, like, put coffee syrup in here or something?"


    "can i just have a regular"-cust
    "a medium?"-me
    "no, a regular"-cust.
    "oh, ok, a small"-me
    "no, just a regular cup"-cust.
    "in-house? ceramic?" -me
    "i dunno, just, you know, whatever"-cust.


    {Big Huge Sign right in front of them saying "COFFEE. JUST COFFEE. BREWED FRESH." complete with size, price, ect. }
    Annoyed: Do you have a cup of just coffee? Why do all these places make it soooo confusing!
    These customers get a medium brewed coffee in a to go cup. As soon as we realize they are of the "Midwest farmer Folgers drinker" mindset, we go straight for the medium cup, and leave lots of room for cream.

 

 
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