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« Jessica_D wrote on Friday, Feb 15 at 04:56 PM »
I understand this is an opinion piece, but it reads more like gossip. I understand the writer wants to stand up for her friends, but it seems very immature to promote the boycott of two wonderful local business (one of which was not even involved in the incident) when you did not even witness the event in question. I know that anyone who has ever been to Gnu's Room and/or Mama Mocha's will laugh off this poor-written drivel, but I'm concerned that this opinion piece will keep others from supporting some great Auburn establishments. I have only ever been treated warmly and kindly by the people at Mama Mocha's, and the coffee cannot be topped. To be fair, I may have been getting such great treatment because I have enough sense to act like respectful patron with common sense. Mama Mocha's is not the library! If you want to use unlimited free wi-fi, go there. And there is nothing wrong with catching up over a cup of coffee or tea, but both people should purchase something, you should leave after you finish the cup, and let other paying customers have that space. This is how respectful, courteous adults act, and it sounds like your friends need to grow up. Finally, I don't even know where to begin to address your comment about tipping. Let's just say that line tells more of the story than anything else you wrote. I will continue to support Mama Mocha's, because I like delicious coffee. And I like strong businesswomen who stand up for themselves. Go Sarah! Even better now that I don't have to worry about running into you or your entitled friends there any time soon.
« Ashley_W wrote on Friday, Feb 15 at 04:10 PM »
First of all, although this column is technically an “Opinion” piece, and therefore allows you to express your personal views about a topic or subject, it does not grant you leeway to misrepresent the facts and does not give you a “free pass” on your journalistic responsibilities. ANY amount of research on your part would have led you to the fact that Mama Mocha’s and the Gnu’s Room are two separate businesses, and by attacking the Gnu’s Room in your misguided attempt to “get back” at the owner of Mama Mocha’s, Sarah Gill, you are in fact damaging the reputation of the Gnu’s Room, a non-profit establishment that promotes literacy awareness, that is both owned and operated by Tina Tatum. The Gnu’s Room was in no way affiliated with the decision to asking your friends to leave. It sounds as though your “issue” is with Sarah Gill and Mama Mocha’s, not Tina and the Gnu’s Room, so you may want to issue an apology to the Gnu’s Room and Tina for your reckless and misguided attempt to “boycott” this wonderful local bookstore. Your lazy journalism skills non-withstanding, I find it very odd and immature that you would take it upon yourself to attempt to sabotage a wonderful local business, based on two of your friends’ interaction with the owner of Mama Mocha’s, who was well within her right to ask these friends of yours to leave, based on your account of what happened. First of all, your sentence “One of them bought a tea, and even tipped(!)” suggests that your friend receive some sort of praise or pat on the back for a common courtesy. If you go out to eat/drink somewhere, whether it be at a coffee shop or a nice restaurant, it is your responsibility to tip your server, and if you cannot afford to do so, eat/brew your own tea at home. Additionally, it seems as though only one of your friends purchased a beverage, while the other one did not (and therefore, was not a patron, nor entitled to use the internet ALL DAY, as you alluded to in your article). Purchasing ONE tea does not entitle you to use a business’s internet all day, and if your friends needed “a sign” (as you mentioned in your article) to explain that to them, they are severely lacking in the common sense/courtesy department. Common sense would tell your friends that if they plan to set up and monopolize table space and “do work” at a coffee shop/book store all day, they need to pay for more than just ONE cup of tea. Your friends are not entitled to free, unlimited internet use at a local business, and Sarah was completely justified in asking your friends to give up their seats for other paying, courteous customers. Or asking them to leave, period. Entitlement doesn’t look good on anyone.
« mcgraea wrote on Friday, Feb 15 at 04:08 PM »
What's a "hipster hangout?"
« HRT98 wrote on Friday, Feb 15 at 03:18 PM »
And by the way, all coffee is "locally-brewed", unless someone brewed it off-premises, brought it to the coffee shop, then warmed it up in a microwave. I believe you meant to say "locally-roasted".
« HRT98 wrote on Friday, Feb 15 at 03:10 PM »
I know this is an opinion piece, but way to do your due diligence as a journalist. The entire piece is based on hearsay from your friends. You didn't bother to interview the business owner, or even some of the customers. Yet, you just want us to believe these things happened the way you say they did, and, in turn, boycott a locally-owned business that has to compete against the Starbucks and Caribou Coffee's of the world. I hope you and your friends feel like really big, "important" people. You all sound very pleasant.
« autigers289 wrote on Friday, Feb 15 at 11:01 AM »
Great article about an issue that has been ignored for too long. Who else is to blame for the sad state of our 3 major athletics programs? Hopefully, Jacobs' tenure is nearing its end and will be let go as soon as he gets his Alabama state retirement, but its hard to tell with the complacency Jay Gouge has shown for athletics. Hopefully he is on borrowed time as well. People that have followed Auburn their entire lives see through the excuses for Jacobs' poor performance and know that Auburn expects more out of their athletics programs. "Auburn man" is such a poor excuse...this is a business, and the head man (assuming he is still making decisions) is clearly doing an very poor job overall.
« AuburnDeservesBetter wrote on Friday, Feb 15 at 10:58 AM »
« WSH wrote on Friday, Feb 15 at 10:55 AM »
Nevermind, I see it.
« WSH wrote on Friday, Feb 15 at 10:54 AM »
Whats up with the censorship? What was wrong with my post?
« NovaSpirit wrote on Friday, Feb 15 at 10:35 AM »
While Roy seems to be happy with our University paying a man for "trying hard", I believe that our school should strive for excellence in every area. If someone is without the necessary acumen to perform at the highest level, it is incumbent on our leadership to find someone who can. Jay Jacobs continued employment in a position that he is clearly neither qualified for nor adept at is an indictment of Jay Gogue's leadership. Since Sept 1, Auburn has played 30 SEC games in the major sports and won 5. We have steadily underperformed in the Learfield Directors Cup during Jacobs tenure. No compentent leader of any organization would continue to employ a man who so clearly can not live up to the standards of that organization.
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