I talked to Scrabble this evening. (I call him that because his name is spelled weird with Q, X, J...I wish I could use his name when playing Scrabble.) At first he seemed hesitant, but the more we talked about it the more interested he seemed to get, especially when I moved on from telling him we'd all buy drinks to we'd pay the barista. He said he wasn't sure he could find somebody, and I mentioned that some of our members have been baristas before and he could interview them, etc. if he wished, but he didn't want to do that because hiring more people means higher taxes for him.
He said one of his main concerns is liability, and we assured him that we'd sign waivers and we understand his reservations but blahblahblah. He seems open to the idea, though, and he said he's going to ask his employees if any of them would be willing to work that. I think that we may actually have a shot at scoring the place.
Sarah told me she knew of at least one guy who might be willing to work the extra time. I'm glad I got to talk to her because Wee Jin isn't there much these days and Sarah may help in spreading the idea to the employees there. I'm going to stop by during different shifts and talk to the employees myself on a personal level to try to warm them up to the idea.
And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming...
I went by Expresso News this morning, and although Wee Gin wasn't there, I talked to the manager-type person, Sarah. She seemed really open to the idea and even said that she already knows of a guy who'd be willing to be the barista for us. I asked if there was a time she knew Wee Gin would be there, but didn't know, just said I should be persistant about it and hopefully catch him. She said when she saw him she'd tell him about our offer.
"Wee Gin is usually cool about stuff like this, so even though I can't give you an answer until you talk to him, I don't see any reason why he wouldn't go for it."
So, the good news is that Wee Gin may go for it. The bad news is that we have to play tag in order to find him...