Someone Get Americans a Math Class Please...
This just plain strikes me as funny, and indicative of the woeful state of U.S. math and logic skills. Or maybe it's more of an indictment of the sad state of priorities of us, our media, or both.
But at most of the company's 11,000 U.S. locations, patrons and workers have spent the past week trying to figure out if their store is getting the ax. Baristas say they field questions daily, and at least one blog has sprung up to collect a list of sites rumored to be closing.
If Starbucks is closing 500 of 11,000 U.S. locations, that's fewer than 5%, or worse than a 1 in 20 chance that your nearby Starbucks will be closing, folks. (Unless I need the remedial math courses I'm trying to foist on others...)
And with bubble-economy disaster-areas like California and Florida getting most of the closures, the real odds for regular Starbucks' being closed are even lower than that.
Here's a hint: If your favorite Starbucks is a mostly-deserted outpost at the intersection of Foreclosure Street and McMansion Avenue, you might want to start making coffee at home. If not, relax and enjoy the coffee.