American economist Caitlin Knowles Myers. She, with her students as research assistants, staked out eight coffee shops (PDF) in the Boston area and watched how long it took men and women to be served. Her conclusion: Men get their coffee 20 seconds earlier than do women. (There is also evidence that blacks wait longer than whites, the young wait longer than the old, and the ugly wait longer than the beautiful. But these effects are statistically not as persuasive.)
Perhaps, says the skeptic, this is because women order froufrou drinks? Up to a point. The researchers found that men are more likely to order simpler drinks. Yet comparing fancy-drink-ordering men with fancy-drink-ordering women, the longer wait for women remained.
Read about it here.
I would tend to agree with this. At least at the Starbucks I go to the employees treat me great. When we lived in Mobile I hardly ever paid for coffee and got most of their mess-ups. When we moved about 5 of the ladies gave me a going away party. They gave me mugs, candies and about 10 bags of coffee. Last May when we came back from New Orleans from a mission trip we stopped at a new Starbucks in Mobile. I had been away for a year and a half and when I walked in one of my employee friends yelled, “Kevin! We’ve missed you!”
What has been your experience at coffee shops?