Just saw this little news tidbit:
A Double Charge for a Double Espresso
Because of a computer glitch, Starbucks accidentally charged about 1 million customers double for their coffee purchases on May 22 and part of May 23.
This revealed two things: Starbucks needs to maintain its computer systems better, and way too many people are using debit and credit cards to make tiny purchases.
The glitch occurred in the United States and Canada. Starbucks is working to reimburse all overcharged customers.
The problem was made much worse by the fact that receipts showed that the proper amount had been charged. Consumers saw the error, if they saw it at all, only when they looked at their statements after the transactions were processed. Starbucks is crediting the accounts.
But, really, people: I know Starbucks can be pricey, but it's not that pricey. You don't carry enough cash with you to pay for a cup of coffee?
Well, I'm sure David Bach ("The Latte Factor ™") will have a field day with this! But why the hating on credit cards?? Coffee is one of the few things I actually do pay cash for, but if I wasn't always hurrying in the morning, I'd probably use a credit card too!
More details on the Starbucks snafu available at MSNBC.