Discounts For Foursquare Mayors Causing Headaches For Starbucks?

Starbucks’ position on baristas taking up valuable “Mayor” spots on Foursquare has been made known to us. They’re “taking it seriously,” but, c’mon, they say, Foursquare is open to anyone.

A Starbucks Gossip reader wrote to Starbucks to complain that when he went to check in to Foursquare he noticed that the “Mayor” was making his drink. He objects because Starbucks offers discounts to Foursquare mayors and there was “no way to become a mayor since the guy works there and can check in basically daily.”

Here was Starbucks’ response:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write to us.

I am truly sorry to hear about your frustration with foursquare Promotions.

I want you to know that we take feedback from our loyal customers seriously. Because you know better than anyone else what you want from Starbucks, I will share this with the ————- store Management.

However Foursquare is open to any one that can access it and it happens that the Mayor of this location is the Barista again I do apologize for any type of inconvenience that this may have caused. ….

Thanks again,

Orlando C.
Customer Relations
Starbucks Coffee Company

What do you think? Should Starbucks ask their employees not to check in at work? Should anyone care about this?

Is it fair that the “mayor of Starbucks” on Foursquare is a Starbucks employee? [Starbucks Gossip]