The broken barista’s replacement has shown up and her mother has taken her away, but before leaving she and the manager got into a little discussion with a customer about why they work here at Famous Overpriced Coffee, the customer having assumed that they were there for the famous overpriced coffee and candy drinks and pastries.
It turns out that the broken barista doesn’t like coffee. She doesn’t like tea either. She doesn’t like hot chocolate even. And the pastries are the devil’s work and she resists temptation as staunchly as she can.
She works here because Famous Overpriced Coffee offers health insurance.
The manager is here because she was between jobs, as they say when they are in no mood to talk about how they lost their last job. Friday’s her last day here though. She has a new job, which she took just because the company offers halfway decent health care.
She tells the inquisitive customer, “I don’t care what they have me doing. They can ask me to don anything and I’ll do it, for that.”
In case you were wondering why Republicans hate the idea of public health care even though the system we have costs businesses pots and pots of money they’d rather spend on other things---desperate, frightened, and therefore obedient and compliant employees.