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  • Dean Waye 12:00 am on September 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Credit card, Home, Licensing, , , Personal Finance, WinRefunds   

    Dear McDonald’s, Thanks for the 1/5479th 

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    Dear McDonald’s,

    Thanks for the refund today, and the quick turnaround, since it’s obvious that I didn’t need a large iced tea and also the drink that comes in the combo meal. And thanks for just giving me the $1.08 in cash, instead of asking for my credit card back.

    One question, though.

    According to the revenue numbers here and also here**, the average McDonald’s store does about $5,479 /day in sales. Does it really require a manager’s approval for a $1 refund? The cashier doesn’t have authority for a single dollar in refunds, 1/5,479th of the daily sales?

    ** “Four years ago, the national sales average per store was about $1.6 million. Today, Huebner says, it’s close to $2 million.”

  • Dean Waye 12:00 am on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Amazon Kindle, , , , Home, Seattle, ,   

    Dear Starbucks Float 

    Dear Starbucks,

    I LIKE the free drink after every 15 coffees. I always use it to buy something  expensive  (in this case, my better half bought a frap, a venti).

    I DON’T LIKE that I have to load my Starbucks card with money first, then pay with that card. I liked it better with the card from last year, the black one with the gold cup on it. Where I got it swiped with every purchase, for the 10% discount, but didn’t have to pre-pay you.

    My shiny gold Starbucks card is nice, it has my name on it too, but the new way just seems sneaky. Do you make much on the float, the time between when I give you my money and the time I use it?

    Is it worth it?

    PS I may have eaten more of your turkey-bacon breakfast sandwiches than anyone else in America… one question, why is it such a production to get it cut in half before wrapping it up? The folks behind the counter never seem to have a food-safe knife. Really, it’s that unusual to want something cut in half? Sometimes I don’t want to eat the whole thing, they’re chewy as heck and very filling.

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