FREE COFFEE ‘TURNING WAITROSE INTO A SOUP KITCHEN’

Did you know that Waitrose gives away one million cups of coffee and tea a week. Me neither but they are now the second biggest provider of coffee in the uk – and all free to loyalty card holders. They are putting stores like
Starbucks out of business. Get down there quick and drive the snobs out.

‘Waitrose is facing a middle-class backlash after complaints that its stores are being invaded by less well-off shoppers.

Regular customers claim the supermarket’s offer of free cups of tea and coffee in all its stores is attracting the wrong type of clientele.

For months, the upmarket chain has been giving complimentary hot drinks to loyalty card holders – even if they do not make a purchase.’

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10 responses to “FREE COFFEE ‘TURNING WAITROSE INTO A SOUP KITCHEN’

  1. Dora Kaplan

    I don’t really mind Waitrose. The local branch is hardly the preserve of snobs. If you avoid the Deli counter it’s about the same as any other supermarket. I think the staff are paid a little bit more than average, which is nice to know.

    And they do a vegan Soy Latte. So there.

  2. Jabez

    Attracting the wrong type of clientele? Have you seen the produce they sell by the way. Duchy overpriced rubbish hardly an attraction. Sod off Cholly Battenberg. aka Charles..

  3. Keith

    The new front line is aisle 6. They are part of the JL Partnership with its bonuses for staff – so it’s nicy-nicy capitalism.

    • Tom

      Let’s face it, it would be a lot nicer if all the supermarkets were more like Waitrose. Once you get past the cinnamon handwash, it’s actually quite nice.

  4. Ray

    What is it with us Brits and fucking shopping? Anyway, for what it’s worth here’s a question for readers of this blog. Is it better to shop at Tesco or Waitrose? The one has all that land bank Lady Cohen baggage and never puts anything on offer ’till it’s almost on the date and the other has quality grub, “belongs to the workers” but is full of the chattering classes. And would anyone but us lot give it a moments thought? I think that we should expect the best, always.
    Happy New Year all.

  5. mike

    Nice to steal from

  6. b

    What, you haven’t got a Waitrose card?🙂 I got one purely for the free coffee, or at least until I get round to making a stamp and getting the right colour of red ink so that I can drink free coffee at Caffe Nero. Also a Waitrose card can’t do any harm if I get arrested. It’s a shame they don’t give out free soup too… In fact in some stores the bastards say it’s got to be tea or coffee and don’t even dole out free hot chocolate!🙂

    To get the coffee at Waitrose you don’t even need a loyalty card, which they send to your address. You can pick up an application form in the store, and use the temporary card that comes with it. Every self-respecting proletarian freedom-fighter…

    Waitrose sells a lot of snobby shit, but for some items they’re as cheap as any of the other supermarkets. They also sell vegetarian basic wholemeal bread, which Asda doesn’t, and their customer service is much better than what you get at Tesco or Morrison. They run the ’employee ownership’ crap, but they’re nowhere near as batshit mindfucky toward the workforce (sorry, “colleagues”) as Asda-Walmart are.

    Asda are similar to a cult, with their “Asda magic” group interviews, “people managers”, brainwashing, and “colleague huddles”. There’s some very interesting info here. Some extracts:

    We had to complete a large amount of ‘quizzes’, all of which contained positive writings about the merits of working at ASDA, and explained in very subliminal and indirect terms that you are expected to treat the job as the most important aspect of your life, and be understanding if ASDA asks you to do a lot more than originally planned.”

    “This sounds made up, but trust me, if you stay switched on and try to not let it get into your head you can actually see it working on some of the people around you.”

    “They instruct instead of explain, you have to raise your hand like children in a primary school if you want to make a point or answer a question, and any question on the quiz that could produce a negative answer just happens to be multiple choice (all the answers are positive).”

    “It’s also worth noting that any ‘sensitive subjects’ such as disabilities and workers rights are covered by videos, making it impossible to answer back whilst you are being instructed about the subject. Any questions or negative points you bring up after the videos are instantly turned into a positive without giving you any real answer, or ignored completely.”

    “You are ‘reminded’ about the ineffectiveness of unions, and how bad they are for the company. New staff are given a very one sided argument against unions, and if you show any interest in joining one a brainwashed member of staff will inform a manager, who will promptly bully you out of doing it.”

    “In most cases when you get onto the shop floor you’ll be in for a shock. I’ve worked in retail before, but I’ve never experienced a store run the way ASDA do it. I have no problem with working nights or long hours, but the amount of work you are expected to fit into your shift, even as a brand new staff member is impossible.”

    “In most cases when you get onto the shop floor you’ll be in for a shock. I’ve worked in retail before, but I’ve never experienced a store run the way ASDA do it. I have no problem with working nights or long hours, but the amount of work you are expected to fit into your shift, even as a brand new staff member is impossible.”

    “The company will try to find any excuse to reduce your bonus. It’s basically set up so that you never get the actual amount they state in the interview and induction. On my first night the fire alarm went off 5 times due to a fault. The fire brigade were automatically called twice, and we were told the callout fee would be deducted from our bonus fund. I confronted my GSM directly about the issue, and explained how I thought it was unfair that we should pay the fees without having anything to do with the fire alarm system. His response was ‘Life’s not always fair’.”

    The other day I spoke to an older checkout worker in Asda when a “huddle” of “colleagues” were cheering at the other end of the shop – a huddle to which they’d been summoned over the loudspeaker with zero notice. Sometimes some of the checkout workers are pretty much in a daze, so zombied out that they don’t even realise that automated checkouts means lost jobs. (If anyone has got any tips about how to discuss automated checkouts with supermarket workers, please let me know! I’ve usually been unsuccessful. I’ve also tried to start conversations about all the food that supermarkets throw away, and had workers lie to me – or be so incredibly naive to the point of scabbery – swearing blind that I’m totally wrong and that the company doesn’t throw any food away at all, and everything they don’t sell at full price gets successfully sold at reduced price or goes for animal feed.) But this woman was fine, and said how she was bloody glad that at that moment, because she was working at the till, she didn’t have to be in the “huddle”, where the managers were always “beefing themselves up”.

    A few supermarkets seem to be employing increasing numbers of workers who seem mentally slow to such an extent that I think they probably have difficulties functioning in normal life. I always wonder whether they’re short-changed in their wages. I bet they are. It wouldn’t surprise me if the fucking bosses miss few chances to rob workers out of their wages using debt and insurance scams too.

    What I can’t fucking stand at my local Waitrose isn’t the company relative to other supermarket companies, but most of the other customers relative to customers elsewhere. So many of them are bourgeois cunts with personalities fashioned from nothing but snot, which they exhibit with their every step, every word, glance, and facial expression. (Admittedly in some areas it might be a Sainsbury where the bourg all shop, or maybe possibly an Asda, but Waitrose takes the biscuit.)

  7. y

    “So many of them are bourgeois cunts with personalities fashioned from nothing but snot, which they exhibit with their every step, every word, glance, and facial expression.”

    One of the joys of shopping there. I love being face to face with rude over wealthed scum and getting up there noses as they tutt, tic and humph in the free coffee queue. Raise an eyebrow, make a remark. Watch them squeal.

  8. mike

    Most supermarkets you can use a trolley at the checkout and leave a few things in the front that end up four or five for the price of none! Haha but at Waitrose theyre so fucking dopey you can just pick up a load of stuff and walk out.

  9. b

    Around 10% of workers in Britain work in retail – mostly for big companies with loads of stores – and probably more than 15% of under-25s. They’re low-paid, their conditions are shit, and their managers are cunts.

    What CW manifesto policy might connect?

    On a related point – because many students work in Tesco etc. to try to keep their debt under control – what about abolishing tuition fees and bringing back the mandatory student grant, with housing benefit?

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