31 March 2014

Starbucky scenes




16 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

I am very glad to be looking out, rather than in.

Sean Jeating said...

Good photos. As for that rotten Starbuck-system, not to pay taxes in the countries they are making lots of money in: I'd never set a foot in such a shop. Same with McDonald's et al. Interesting they all are of US-American provenience.

CherryPie said...

I prefer a quaint/unexpected coffee or tea shop.

The gloaming views in your side bar blow me away...

Thank you L0(

Claude said...

In Toronto, I often go to totally Canadian Tim Horton. But, alas, I also indulge in French pastries. And we have 2 Parisian Coffee Shops near here. Hard to resist....

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Ah Dear Sean... So far as I have ever heard Starbucks and McDonalds etc all comply with the laws in the lands they operate, so any complaints about the taxes they pay should be directed at those who make the laws of these lands rather than those who dutifully comply with them. If there was a legal way for me to pay less tax, for example by paying my taxes to the good citizens of Ireland rather than of the UK, I expect I would take it and wish the good citizens of Ireland good wishes for adjusting their tax laws to assist me; and if Scotland becomes independent due to the upcoming vote (which I doubt) I rather suspect we will adjust our tax laws to allow anyone we can to contribute to our coffers, provided they adhere to all the national and international laws that apply to them. It bemuses me when people criticise commercial companies that exist solely to make a profit for taking steps to maximise that profit, provided they do so legally. If I was a shareholder in a company (which I am not - not directly anyway) I would be very annoyed if the company was so careless as not to legally maximise its profit. The wisdom of the laws... now that's another story. But McDonalds and Starbucks will continue to enjoy my occasional custom.

Sean Jeating said...

Ah, did I "sound" as if trying to keep anyone from frequenting these etablissements?

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

No you didn't Sean. Not at all. You just said you would not. Andrew does though.

Sean Jeating said...

You can, of course, hardly know how much I do like you, my friend.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

And if I could find a legal way for all of my taxes to go straight to you Dear Sean, and you alone,I would take it, I really would (provided they would thereby amount to only about 10 percent of what I would otherwise have had to pay, of course). And if a certain Noble Don were not looking over my unworthy shoulder I would insert a little sideways dots and curve symbol here.

Sean Jeating said...

Hahaha. Here's my account and my pin. [Ah, rather wait for my letter)
Even more seriously: More than ten percent once let a revolution start, hm?

Claude said...

Are you giving Scottish tax money to other people in this place? Please, we also need some in Canada. Send it to my name. I'll return it to Ottawa. HONEST TO GOD!

Claude said...

Half of the time, I don't understand what you're both talking about. I guess I should be quiet and not try to get in.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Sadly the key to the deal is for Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs department to stop sending me tax bills if I send less money to you instead. You would need to have a word with them Claude, or perhaps I need a better accountant - or just any accountant for the only one I have is silly me, who tots up what I owe and pays up in good advance of the deadline with a smile then heads out to Starbuck's for a coffee blissfully unaware that I am an even bigger mug than their biggest mugs (allegedly)

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Only half of the time!? My goodness Claude, you are doing well! I only follow about a quarter of the pish I spout myself.

Sean Jeating said...

Are you trying to tell Claude that certain people are taking you too serious? [surpressing any sign of emotion here]

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Did you really mean emotion? or perhaps emoticon? But anyway, no, I was not trying to tell Claude that. If I am trying to tell someone something I like to think I manage to tell them clearly. The main person who clearly and regularly takes me too seriously is, eh... me (obviously).