A STARBUCKS GOSSIP reader writes: "From what I understand, there is a new dress-code rule stating that ear gauges have to be smaller than a nickel. That's fine and dandy since it's their corporation and they can do what they want. The problem is that the people that already have gauges too big are being fired. I could accept not hiring others with this modification but this one barista I know - a damn good barista - has been with the company for three and a half years and is now losing his job. What are they trying to do here?" Care to comment?