Every so often, you come across a business that is real, and amazing.  That is, it's amazing that it's a real business, one that some blithe soul expects to make money off of.  Readers are, of course, encouraged to submit their own examples.

Today I give you:  The Sufi Coffee Shop.

Yesterday, a friend dragged me to a place called Sufi Coffee Shop in Mountain View (El Camino just north of Castro). The coffee was actually quite good -- it had better be quite good, the cheapest cup of drip -- of drip was $3.50. (The most expensive was $6.75. Admittedly, it was Blue Mountain.)

But the attitude. Wow, the attitude. The place is covered from wall-to-wall with angry signs admonishing the customers for various sorts of misbehavior. I took a photo of the first one, and the owner turned around, sternly instructed me "no photos!," and then demanded, as an implicit condition of selling me any coffee, that I delete the one I had taken. 

Fortunately, the owner isn't terribly iphone-literate, and so, well, suffice it to say that not only did I not delete the first photo, but I took numerous more besides.

That's just the teaser.  You really need to click through and gawk at the pictures. 

Study Question:  Is the Sufi Coffee Shop primarily selling coffee, or abuse?

 

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