The place: Starbucks.
The players: Crowden and Starbucks employee
The plan: To purchase a pound and a half of coffee
The scene opens with Crowden looking at the wall while waiting his turn. There, in large and colorful lettering, is a sign advertising their special reserve blends. Each of the four with a price for a small or a large cup of coffee. And, crucially, the choice "whole beans" as well. To the right, writ small, what looked to Crowden to be '88g'.
His turn arrived.
Crowden: Hi. What does that 88g indicate? (pointing to the sign)
Her: Oh, that 8.8 is the size of the bag.
Crowden: Ummm, really? 8.8 grams? That's really small.
Her: It's the size.
Crowden: 8.8 grams is around a third of an ounce. That's less than a single cup of coffee. That doesn't make sense to me.
Her: Oh well, maybe it's 88.
Crowden: But the price is $15 and 88 grams is only three ounces. That's crazy expensive for coffee.
Crowden: Okay, no matter. I'd like to buy this (handing her a one pound bag of decaf, whole bean). And I'd like a half pound of whole bean regular.
Her: (taking the bag). Okay. You want a half pound of decaf and a half pound of regular.
Crowden: No, I just want this entire bag (pointing to the bag) and in addition a half pound of whole bean regular coffee.
Her: Okay. Ground?
Crowden: No thanks.
Next up in the exciting tale: Trying To Figure Out How To Charge Crowden For a Half Pound of Whole Bean Coffee.
Note: This really happened.