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.


About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is Senior Director of product at Amazon (Audible). Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. He tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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