The BBC reports:
Starbucks coffee chain is to shut all of its US branches for three-and-a-half hours for staff training, in a blow to millions of Americans' daily routines.
The move has triggered a flurry of competition from rival coffee firms and comes after Starbucks' share value fell by half in the past year.
Starbucks serves 50m Americans a week and is part of the urban landscape.
All 7,000 branches across the US will close at 1730 local time to train the chain's 135,000 staff.
Unfortunately it will take more than three and a half hours to figure out how to make their coffee NOT taste like burnt socks.