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June 23, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Tea list

Exporte_13Seth Godin points out:

When this menu of fancy teas was new, I'm sure it was impressive. And when they ran out of the first or second flavor, it was probably okay that they crossed out the missing flavor with a mixture of whiteout and blue magic marker.

Now, of course, it's just a billboard screaming about a lack of attention to detail. Note that broken plastic stand on the bottom...

Read Seth's full post

[...and thanks to Seth for giving us the idea for This Is Broken three years ago! -mh]


What, you want tea? Nah, we don't have that. How 'bout a bagel?

Posted by: abcdario at June 23, 2006 12:07 AM

It looks like this is a "coffee bean & tea leaf shop" - maybe they are helping indecisive customers.

Bad enough to wait as someone tries to figure out if they want coffee or tea, then watch them obsessing over 20+ choices.

The sign itself (plastic) is broken.

The sign (marked out) is broken.

Paying $3.50 for a cup of hot water with something brown in broken!

So, do it yourself:

A whole pot of home brewed is 50¢ - NOT broken!

Posted by: tea-pee at June 23, 2006 12:42 AM


Man, I really hate these things at restaurants. They're so confusing.

Posted by: Pyotr at June 23, 2006 12:42 AM

That sign looks very tacky. They could just use a chalkboard or whiteboard like many restaurants do.

Posted by: creativename at June 23, 2006 03:17 AM

The "Gold Line Rare Teas" are rare indeed (seeing as how all of them are marked out). With what the profit margin on teas and coffees must be, one would think that they could afford a new plastic stand and to print off a new menu every once in a while.

Posted by: eBob at June 23, 2006 09:01 AM

This reminds me of a story I heard on This American Life about a manager at a Quizno's sub shop who had to make do when the owner abandoned the store. They gradually ran out of ingredients, and at one point a customer came in and asked for a sandwich and they had to tell him that they were out of bread:

Posted by: WillF at June 23, 2006 09:12 AM


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Computer, you’re working again!


Oh, suuuure! This unearthly voice came and solved my problem for me: why someone should want to drink dried leaves in boiling water? Answer: because he’s an ignorant monkey who doesn’t know better. Cute, huh?


Posted by: Steve at June 23, 2006 09:42 AM

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