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Come on Goody Two-Shoes, Let's Be Bad Again


Union station, 4pm, and I'm standing in Second Cup ordering myself a tea. A medium, regular, tea. Pause of silence. "...Do you mean green tea?" the cashier asks. I correct him. No, reg-u-lar tea. At this moment a co-worker glides by him from behind and mutters softly "lemme guess, green tea?", to which my cashier replies "REGULAR tea" and they both make mock 'surprise surprise' faces.

This is the fourth time in the past few weeks I've had this happen at various Second Cup and Starbucks locations. I just couldn't let it go this time. I tilt my head curiously, squint suspiciously, then finally ask, "are you... judging me on my tea choice?!" He laughs and tells me people only order green tea lately so it's a running joke between employees. I nod, feeling a little insulted that I was just stereotyped and grouped with the trendies.

I admire those who still walk around with a Tim's coffee in one hand and a cigarette in the other circa 2002, because they are either completely unaware of how absolutely 'uncool' they're being or they're just outright rebelling against the nauseating Guide to the New Toronto Lifestyle. Please people, let's get over it, 'cause green tea, soy product, yoga mats, charity bracelets and mod/hipster rock bands with an undecipherable message, are getting a little tired.


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