How would you visit 171 Starbucks in one day?

It’s a sure sign that I’ve been spending a lot of time interviewing that when I saw the story about the guy who bought something at all 171 Starbucks in Manhattan in one day I turned it into an interview puzzle. There are a lot of considerations:

  • Where are all the stores?
  • What are the hours for each store? Many Starbucks are in business areas and don’t say open late.
  • How busy are the stores?
  • How do you get around Manhattan?
  • How does your body deal with the effects of caffeine, liquid and sugar?
  • What happens if a store is closed?

The answer to the last question is “bribe the barista”. The video reports that the barista at the 96th and Madison Starbucks charged $80 for a piece of pound cake when he showed up 12 minutes after closing. A Starbucks representative reportedly refunded the $80 after hearing about it.

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About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is Senior Director of product at Amazon (Audible). Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. His personal blog is at http://blog.agrawals.org and tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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