Guerrilla Campaign Gives Goldman Bankers Free Coffee After Wall St. Firm Kills Perk
A coffee vigilante set up shop outside Goldman Sachs headquarters on Monday to hand out free java to embattled employees following the Post’s report that the Wall Street banking giant had ended its free coffee station “at take away,” the Post learned.
Cloudy-eyed bankers who stumbled across Goldman’s gleaming building at 200 West Street were able to refuel with free cups of coffee from Cometeer, a Massachusetts-based company that makes cold brew pods.
“All we have is a sad Keurig on my floor…there’s no more delicious cold brew,” one analyst said.
“Wait…we just lost our coffee, perfect,” another analyst tweeted.
The Post reported on Monday that Goldman CEO David Solomon cut free coffee — along with stashes of French vanilla cream, almond milk, soy milk and half and half — despite his executive order according to which workers return to their desks five days a week.
Some junior bankers were a bit nervous about being seen online for the free java jerk.
“Analysts were afraid to cross the picket lines – they were clearly nervous about getting the coffee,” said Britton O’Daly, who ran the Cometeer coffee station. “We saw a lot of people staring at us and a lot of general managers staring at us.”
Employees also worried about spending too much time waiting for their caffeine fix. O’Daly said he saw employees relax once they saw they could get a coffee in 30 seconds instead of three minutes.
A young Goldman employee grabbed a cup just before the crosswalk turned red, saying, “I gotta catch the light right now – I work at Goldman you know.”
The mocha maker also got some heat from security for the publicity stunt. The guards told O’Daly he had to move his unlicensed coffee stand across the street. He quickly moved under shabby scaffolding a block away.
O’Daly, who is listed as Cometeer’s special projects manager on his website, said he was inspired to “give coffee to Goldman analysts in need” because he likes the idea of supporting people going back to work and thought they would appreciate the free brew. .
It wasn’t just Goldman employees who were enthusiastic about the free coffee, O’Daly added.
A Citibank employee ran over and excitedly grabbed a cup, exclaiming, “We never get free coffee at Citi,” O’Daly said.