Which Is More Outrageous - $4 For a Cup of Coffee or a Gallon of Gas?

@anniepa (27275)
United States
July 2, 2008 4:14pm CST
I couldn't believe it when I heard the results of a poll Greta VanSustren had on her website last night - the question was which do you think is more outrageous, paying $4.00 for a cup of Starbucks coffee or for a gallon of gas and the answer was for the coffee. If I ever had any doubt about how out of touch and "elitist" in the truest sense of the word Fox News viewers, this clinched it for me. The last time I checked we could easily survive without Starbucks overpriced coffee! In fact, I've only had it once at an airport because we don't have any Starbucks near me, but I don't think I'd be a regular customer if there were one next door to me. What do you think? Am I the one that's messed up or do you agree with me? Annie
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
2 Jul 08
Both are. I have never gone to a "coffee shop" where they sell those fancy shamncy coffees. I prefer straight, regular, old coffee. I do not like lattes etc. Anyhow the thing that is really outrageous is that there are people that HAVE to have bottled water. Some of that stuff runs over $15 a gallon. EeeeK! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@anniepa (27275)
• United States
2 Jul 08
Grandpa Bob, you reminded me of how the one and only time I had Starbucks coffee at an airport - I got it there because we were taking a very early flight and it was the only place open to get a cup of coffee before taking off - everyone else ahead of me in line was getting all these fancy shmancy coffees and when I ordered a plain and simple cup of coffee with cream or milk everyone looked at me like I was from another planet! Annie
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
2 Jul 08
Go figure huh? I go with a few of my A.A. friends to a place called Bob's Java Hut for regular coffee and conversations. $1.25 for a never ending cup of regular coffee. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@anniepa (27275)
• United States
3 Jul 08
$1.25 for a never ending cup of regular coffee. Now THAT'S up my alley! Annie
@dmcollie (217)
• United States
2 Jul 08
I would rather spend my money on some real food. There is no Starbucks around here so literal I have never got a drink from there. Last week on the news we herd that Starbucks is closing alot of the stores. So I would figure that people are not so likely of paying four dollars out for a cup of coffee.
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@spalladino (17923)
• United States
2 Jul 08
I agree with you, Annie, those people certainly don't have the same priorities in life that most of us have. I can choose wether to buy a cup of coffee or not but I can't choose not to buy gas if I want to keep my vehicle running. I've never been a big fan of Starbucks either but it could be anything that's costly...the current gas situation is hurting people all over this country and that's more outrageous than just about anything else I can think of.
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@Barbietre (1440)
• United States
2 Jul 08
Well $4 is alot for coffee, but since I am not a coffee drinker I would not know. But if you think about it, most things we buy now are quite silly. I mean if you eat out at McDonald's or any fast food place, did you know you can ask for a cup of water for free instead of buying a bottle of water? Now do I bring bottles of water, yes on car trips and places I can not easily get water nor are sure of the source. But think about it, we are now keeping to many germs out of our body by buying those new hand washers and bottled water, so we are not letting our body build up any antibodies. People are just buying into media hype with everything these days.
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@anniepa (27275)
• United States
3 Jul 08
That's an excellent point. When I was a kid we all actually got DIRTY and didn't have any hand sanitizers or anti-bacterial soaps to wash our hands with and we didn't get sick nearly as often as kids seem to today. They build up no natural immunity to all the germs they're exposed to and the germs are getting "smarter". Annie
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
4 Jul 08
Good point! All the healthy and no germs, why do you need antibodies....do they stop working if not used? Interesting point you bring up. And yeah, back in my day we got dirty. Now a days - dirt and kids often seldom meet! Funny how that worked!
@ebsharer (5516)
• United States
3 Jul 08
If my choice is between gas and coffee I would buy the gas. I don't like the gas prices but there isn't much choice in it. I need it so why complain about it. I choose my battles and this isn't one I am going to fight! Anyway I am an avid Starbucks drinker. My White Chocolate Mocha with a double shot of espresso is 4.74 and my daughter gets there organic milk which is 1.60 so when I go to Starbucks my bill is about $7.00. I have cut down on going to Starbucks but I won't stop completely. I love there coffee and yes it is expensive but so are many other things!
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
3 Jul 08
Well, at least a gallon of gas will get you somewhere - to work or groery. What the heck is a cup of flavored coffee going to do for you? Plus, make it at home - don't worry, if it isn't exact, you'll get used to it and save money that way or give it up all together and save even more money! I just saw on the news that Starbucks is closing 600 stores nationwide. Didn't say where in what states, other than the newest ones that have the least business. Is anyone shocked at this? $4 for a cup of coffee, at the least? I never could understand the huge clamorto SB's. I can buy a whole lunch for that! But I guess to each his own, but still... $4 a cup?
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
3 Jul 08
I do not think that these are Two comparable items for a debate and am really wondering what makes people take up polls like these. Gas has become a necessity in our lives for which you have to pay $4 to buy. A $4 coffee is a luxury which you can do without and even get for much lesser. You have to also blame people who geive replies to polls like these and resign thier fate to an increase in Gas prices and feel nothing can be done about it, but think that if they raise thier voices on on the increase of thier favourite coffee, it probably would make a difference.
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@mimico (3618)
• Philippines
3 Jul 08
I guess now that you put the two side by side, a gallon of gas would definitely be much more worthy than a cup of coffee!!! It's interesting to note that both a fuels though. Coffee fuels the brain and gives us energy to go through each day, while gas fuels the car and allows us to get from point A to point B. I actually have a spreadsheet with my monthly expenses and coffee from Starbucks and Coffee Bean takes up a sizable chunk! It's definitely an addiction I'll have to give up soon. :(
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@ShepherdSpy (8561)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
3 Jul 08
I think it outrageous I'm paying north of $7 a gallon here for gas in Northern Ireland,and I heard yesterday the gov't deferred a further planned increase of 2p on a Litre, while truckers were holding protest blockades in London,as they're paying over $8 a gallon for Diesel! there's an online tool to help you cut back on expenses,called the Demotivator..you plug in the cost of a regular outgoing,choose the timescale you want to work it out for,then it'll tell you how much your item costs you,over say a year..a few notes each week,or worse,DAILY,soon add up..btw..Starbucks is a Luxury for Me..I'd only rarely have one,and that as a treat,usually when travelling.As a luxury every so often,ok..but if it came down to coffee or gas,it'd be gas!
@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
3 Jul 08
Hi There, I cetainly would never pay that much money for a cup of coffee. I also resent paying that much for gas. All these speculators in the oil world have driven the cost of oil and thus gas up. As for the coffee...I am a lover of coffee, but I could have 10 cups for $4. I will stick with the cheap coffee. :) cheers,
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@lingli_78 (12841)
• Australia
3 Jul 08
since i'm not a starbuck fans and i don't drink coffee, so i will say $4 for a gallon of gas is more outrageous... and you are so right... we can choose not to drink coffee from starbucks by making our own coffee at home or go to other cheaper cafe... but we have no choice about gas... we have to purchase it at whatever cost it is selling if we want our car to be moving... it is really outrageous... we don't have options for cheaper gas in this case which is really sad... take care and have a nice day...
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• United States
3 Jul 08
I can't walk more than three blocks without bumping into another Starbucks - they're like weeds! They just remodeled a building and put in both a huge gym AND a Starbucks (why - so you can kill yourself in the gym and then put it all right back on with two sips of a latte?). I live in the suburbs and I have TWO in my village alone! A $4.00 coffee is painful, especially when it's not even the best quality coffee. In my area, however, my Pathfinder is a bigger luxury so it's staying parked while I walk around with my Starbucks. I can easily drop $150 a pop into the tank (gas went up again while I was typing) while I can't possibly drink that much coffee at one sitting!
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• Philippines
3 Jul 08
I love Starbucks! I love coffee! I work in a call center and I work nights. I dont have a car so I do not buy gas but is indirectly impacted with the rising fuel costs. Good thing we pay around 2.5USD for a Venti Latte here in the Philippines. relatively cheaper than the 4USD.
• United States
3 Jul 08
I could definitely live without coffee! And, I do so, happily, every day! I don't even have coffee. I had to live without it, for health reasons. As for gas for the car, most people would say that is important. Though we don't use too much gas for our car, as it is very small and we don't drive too many places. Many people don't have that luxury.
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• United States
3 Jul 08
proportionately?i'd say the coffee.you get more for gas. i've never been a big fan of starbucks though..they're way overpriced.the one up here is probably going to go out of business eventually,they're charging close to $6 for a dinky lil cup of coffee.
@jmessina (23)
• United States
3 Jul 08
For some people, $4 for a cup of coffee is more important that gasoline. For me it's $4 for a gallon of gas. I would never pay more than $1.00 for any cup of coffee. As for gasoline you don't have much of a choice when you have to use your car to go to work and shopping for food. The way the economy is right now people who use to pay $4 for a cup of coffee are no longer buying Starbucks coffee. This is why Starbucks is closing down 600 stores in the US. John
• Canada
3 Jul 08
I would say coffee lol because here in canada we pay more than that per gallon of gas lol we pay by litre here and it is at 1.339 where we live with is well over $5 per gallon. Pretty crazy if you ask me
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
3 Jul 08
No, it is more outrageous paying $4 for a gallon of gas. The coffee is not a big deal because you buy ONE coffee. The gas it's a problem because you have to fill your tank, which these days costs like $75-150!
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
2 Jul 08
I think they are noth outragious. I would never pay that much for a cup of coffee. I would do without first. We have to have the gas though but it is very high priced. I am not sure if it will ever come back down or if they will find a remedy for it. We don't have a starbucks close to me either. We make our coffee at home.
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@twallace (2675)
• United States
2 Jul 08
I just finish commenting to a discussion about Starbucks closing some of their stores. I forgot to add to the discussion that there might be other stored doing the same thing soon. Now that things are going up the way that they are. I would buy gas before the coffee that is for sure. If it cost me $4.00 a cup it can stay in the store. I would not buy it. There are so many things going on right now with the raise of gas and it shows just how much it really effect everything around it.
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