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When I bring my reusable mug to your store at T.F. Green Airport, please do not succumb to bewilderment because my fairly run-of-the-mill reusable mug does not conform to your regulation sizes of: Tall, Grande and Venti.
It is a mug. You just need to put coffee in it. Period. It’s simple.
And please, the next time I visit, which will, in all likelihood, not be soon, do not measure the brewed coffee into a paper mug before then pouring it into my reusable mug.
And, when I ask — after the astute customer behind me has already whispered the point into my ear — “Doesn’t this process defeat the point of bringing a reusable mug,” please do not say that you reuse the paper cup. I saw you throw it in the trash, and I am pretty sure the health department would frown upon reusing a paper cup from the trash.
I do not wish to belabor the point, but the purpose of my bringing the reusable mug is to keep your paper cup, plastic lid and accompanying java jacket out of the trash, where we Americans toss roughly 58 billion paper cups annually.
Your website says you’re green, but sometimes I think you are only concerned with making the green. At your store today, you not only made sure you charged me for a Venti-size coffee, but also you did not give me a reusable mug discount.
I do not wish my 10-cent cup discount refunded to me, but instead please put it toward a program dedicated to educating your baristas on how to deal with reusable mugs. If they can make all those complicated drink orders, surely they can pour coffee into a mug.
Mugs and kisses.
Providence resident Joanna Detz is an ecoRI News staffer who recently flew to San Francisco to visit family.