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Starting the Day Off Right
Friday, January 30, 2015
- You know how the start of your day usually determines how the rest of it is going to end up? Well, as much as I think Einstein’s bagels are way better than Panera or Bruegger’s, if you’re looking for a smooth morning, I’d steer clear of that place. The entire experience at Einstein is frustrating. Let me tell you how a typical visit goes down.First, you wait in a line so you can tell a clerk which bagel or fancy coffee drink you’d like. If you’re lucky you won’t have to wait while he or she helps the guy in front of you pick out a baker’s dozen of bagels for his co-workers. (Obviously he’s a nice guy, buying bagels for the whole office, but how long does it take to make a selection?)Next you wait to pay a second clerk for your breakfast... in a line behind all the same people you were already behind. Nine out of 10 times you have to repeat back your order to him. That’s actually helpful because it reminds you how bad you wanted the darn thing.Once you’ve paid, you have to mill about in whatever space you can find that isn’t the two lines you were previously in. The trick is to stay away from the doors, so you’re not in the way, but you also have to stay away from the counters where the napkins and creamers are.Just about the time you find a good out-of-the-way spot to stand, a third clerk from the back calls your name and tosses your breakfast on the display case... which is conveniently located on the other side of the second line you were in earlier. If you’re really lucky, the bag has cream cheese smeared on the outside so you can share your breakfast with your car’s interior.So now you have the delicious bagel you were craving and your day should be great... except now your mood is rotten.I’ve been to several Einstein Brother’s and every one has worked the exact same way. Maybe I’m the stupid one, because I keep going back there. I just feel sorry for people around me every time I get a craving for soft doughy bread and cream cheese.