20 Sep 2013 14:40
Is that offer for the machine still on?
20 Sep 2013 15:05
Nice one GG, the espresso is worth the machine cost on its own at less than 20p a shot
20 Sep 2013 17:01
Yeah, I used to go there most days when I was off shift (the one in town).
Then I asked if I could put some flyers on the side for the Rising Sun Arts Centre (volunteer there sometimes) and they refused. They were nice about it and said they just didn't do it for anyone but it did annoy me. I also read some stuff on twitter complaining about them not paying interns. The manager denied it but it still came off like they were maybe taking the piss with the staff a bit.
I have been back but don't go anywhere near as often now.
Coffee there is so much nicer than all the chain places though.
20 Sep 2013 18:24
Don't let that twitter thing put you off. I know the owner and the staff very well. They are well looked after.
Basically, the owner has outrageously high standards when it comes to the coffee prep. Only a handful of the staff there are actually allowed to touch the machines. Training new staff on the machines takes ages and is a significant investment for the owner. So while in training, new staff are considered "interns" and aren't paid until they reach a certain standard. The girl on twitter bailed halfway through the training and was miffed at not being paid for her time.
It's fair enough I guess, but serious coffee-heads come and work for free just to be trained by this guy. He's kind of a big deal in coffee circles or so i'm told.
20 Sep 2013 20:43
No dig at you and the owner seems nice enough (big blonde fella?) but that is a cunt's trick.
Every job needs training but if someone works for you you pay them. If Starbucks tried something like this people would be burning them down!
Times are hard for everyone at the moment (not for people on here obviously but everyone else) and it's not on to take advantage of that with "intern" bullshit.
20 Sep 2013 21:07
agree with generic_guy, a shit move by the owner(s) to do this. the reason why they're called interns is because through a loophole in employment law they can get away with not paying them and call it training. know a few café's and restaurants that do this, they take on someone call it training then let them go after a month stating they don't meet the required standards, etc but funnily enough they're always looking for employees and have a incredible high turn over of staff. some websites do the same call them intern writers, don't pay them for months them fuck them off with the same bullshit.