Seattle, Washington--Barstucks has been charging customers a small fee for the coffee smell of their coffee.
"At Barstucks we do the best to create the best customer experience and that means charging more for the coffee smell. It is the best smelling coffee smell in the business and customers don't mind paying a hidden fee for that smell." A company spokesman said.
Barstucks was in the news a couple weeks ago for charging customers a fee for the bag their coffee comes in, and this new revelation seems contrary to the business image that Barstucks tries to present to the public.
"What are they going to charge us for next? Are thy just going to include the gratuity in the cost of each cup of coffee we buy at Barstucks? Wait, they do that, do they?" Joe Stram, a loyal Barstucks customer, said.
Other Barstucks customers didn't seem fazed by the sneaky fees, because they are used to banks and other corporations stealthily stealing their money.
"Barstucks is a corporation and they have every right to make as much money as they can humanly make for their shareholders, because isn't that what a free market economy is about?" Jenny Adams said. Ms. Adams is an accountant that stops at Barstucks for her morning coffee. "I love the high price coffees at Barstucks, and it is more of a status symbol at work. I see someone with a gas station coffee and think the person is poor and can't afford Barstucks--poor sap."
Barstucks is standing by their hidden fees, and hope to someday eliminate all their cost by charging more hidden fees for their great tasting coffee drinks.