The Real Reason Starbucks Baristas Never Get Your Name Right

A comedian takes a guess at why those baristas at Starbucks are so good at getting our names so wrong

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

A Starbucks customer named Jens received this... situation.

You know how almost every time you place a drink order at Starbucks, the cup is delivered to you with the most butchered spelling of your name you’ve ever seen?

What’s on the cup isn’t your name, but an approximation of your name that is actually a bunch of letters combined in a way that you’ve never even seen before. What is that? How do they get it so wrong every time?

Once or twice, you’ve probably thought something along the lines of, “there’s no way they’re not doing it on purpose.” It turns out, that’s pretty much right on the money, or so suspects comedian Paul Gale, who made this telling video from the perspective of a Starbucks barista.

It may make you feel a little empathy for the person who handed you a cup that says “Gob” even though your name is Joe. “As in a cup of joe," you tried to say, and they heard you, but they didn't care.

A note: this video contains adult language and viewer discretion is advised.

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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy

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