Starbucks Charges Extra for More Water?

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According to this tea-drinking Yelper, yes

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Attention, Starbucks tea drinkers — here's something you might want to look into. 

According to this disgruntled San Francisco-based Yelper, their usual grande tea recently came with an unwanted addition: a price hike. After ordering a "medium tea with one teabag," the customer was unpleasantly surprised to find out that it cost more than a tall (or, small) tea with one teabag. Apparently, the price used to be based on the number of teabags in the drink, not the size, and when the barista was questioned about the cost of the drink, she explained that the policy had changed. And, adding insult to injury, they didn't get the 10 cent discount once allegedly offered to customers using ceramic cups.

So what do you think? Is this customer justified in thinking they were essentially charged extra for a mere couple ounces of water — or is much to do about nothing? Commenters on the post don't seem all that sympathetic, with one pointing out that the grande size tea is supposed to come with two tea bags, thus the increased price. Somehow it doesn't seem as deceptive as this incidence of Starbucks getting caught charging a hidden fee.

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