From Huff Po:
If it was meant to be funny, it missed the mark.
A Florida man is speaking out after he says he received an especially tart message printed on his Starbucks beverage: “Diabetes here I come.”
The man, who didn’t want to be identified, told WJAX-TV that he found those words printed on his white chocolate mocha. It hit a nerve with him because two of his sisters have Type 1 diabetes.
“That first word just automatically brought the picture of both sisters in my head, and I was taken aback,” he told the local Jacksonville TV station. “Just the struggles they went through and all the doctor appointments they had.”
He wrote back on the cup: “2 of my sisters are diabetic, so ... not funny.”
The St. Augustine store’s manager appeared surprised over the label and told the local reporter that they “definitely don’t condone” such actions and would look into what happened.
The customer said he believes that he was unfairly and inappropriately judged by a Starbucks employee and wants to make sure that it doesn’t happen to him or anyone else again. He noted that he didn’t personally go into the store to place the order, but had a co-worker pick it up for him as part of a group order.
A Starbucks spokesperson confirmed to The Huffington Post that the message had been printed in the store. Some online users suggested that the label had been written by a customer who was placing the order online.
“We strive to provide an inclusive and positive experience for our customers, and were disappointed to learn of this incident,” the company said in a statement. “We’ve since connected directly with the customer to apologize for his experience, and with our partners (employees) to ensure this does not happen again.”
That Starbucks beverages contain a lot of sugar — which in some cases can cause health problems — shouldn’t be a surprise. Some of their beverages have been found to contain more sugar than a milkshake.
A “grande” white chocolate mocha, which the Florida customer ordered, has 470 calories and 59 grams of sugar, according to Starbuck’s website.
That tops the daily maximum amount recommended by the American Heart Association. For men, it’s 45 grams (nine teaspoons) or 30 grams (six teaspoons) for women.
Sugar-rich diets can contribute to a number of health conditions, including diabetes, obesity and some cancers.
But according to the American Diabetes Association, high-sugar diets aren’t the only thing that can be blamed for the disease. When it comes to Type 1 diabetes — which the Starbucks customer said his sisters have — most people inherit risk factors from their parents.
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A Starbucks employee's kind act for a deaf patron is going viral.
Ibby Piracha of Leesburg, Virginia, is that customer. He's deaf and says he goes to the Starbucks three times per week.
When he went in on Friday, he was greeted by a barista who was using sign language.
The barista gave Piracha a note that read, "I've been learning ASL just so you can have the same experience as everyone else."
"I usually use my phone and I'll text them what I want to order," Piracha told ABCNews.com. "She was saying she looked on YouTube because she had a lot of customers that came in using text. I was very surprised she was willing to learn (sign language) and it shows she respects deaf people ... she's an inspiration."
When Piracha posted the note to Facebook, his friends instantly started sharing it.
When will our long international nightmare end? The Internet discovered yet another #TheDressthat will drive you insane and leave you arguing with your friends and loved ones until you angrily delete them all from your life because they are crazy and can't see correctly. This time, Starbucks is behind the madness.
Comedian Greg Dorris tweeted out this picture of a coffee drink he'd gotten from Starbucks. "Guys does this say Greg or Corey?" he asked. Now, a rational person would automatically assume that since his name is Greg, the barista probably heard "Greg" and wrote that, albeit with a totally unique take on the letter "G."
However, this being the Internet, where no one agrees on anything ever, people had their own theories!
Here's a wiseguy having some fun with the whole thing:
And of course, there was this interpretation which is the only sane response when these things come up:
I will have the final word on this: The dude's name is "Greg." Therefore, the barista wrote "Greg." It says "Greg." Now let's go back to arguing about what color nail polish this is.
From The Daily Mail:
An autistic teenager has become an online sensation after a video demonstrating his unique technique as a barista - which involves plenty of dancing - went viral.
Sam was filmed making a cup of coffee for a customer while working alongside his boss Chris at the Starbucks restaurant, believed to be in North America.
The clip shows the teenager smiling and dancing while heating the milk and later pouring it into the cup of coffee, before adding whipped cream and sprinkles.
Carly Fleischmann, who lives in Toronto, Canada, posted the video to YouTube and Facebook alongside a caption introducing Sam.
Carly, who was diagnosed with autism, oral-motor apraxia and cognitive delay as a child, has dedicated her life to tackling misconceptions regarding the condition.
She wrote: 'My birthday is in four days and my birthday wish this year is to have this video go viral. I would like to introduce you to a young teenager named Sam.
Carly explained that when Sam was offered a position at Starbucks he told his parents that for the first time in his life he felt like he had real meaning.
She added: 'Sam was diagnosed with autism and like some people with autism Sam has a movement disorder. Sam has a hard time keeping his body still.
'Sam never thought that he would be able to work behind the bar because of his sudden movements but his manager Chris believed in him and got Sam to channel his movements into dance.'
The partnership was not an overnight success however and it has taken Sam and Chris many shifts and hours to get to the level demonstrated in the video.
Sam is now known as the 'dancing barista' and Carly noted that if it was not for Chris believing in the ability of his employee then he would not have had the confidence to believe in himself.
She wrote: 'More people like Sam need to be seen, heard and given a chance to thrive and dance. Please show your support by sharing and re-posting. Help make my birthday wish come true!'
Since appearing online numerous people have commented as a way to show their support.
One viewer praised Chris, writing: 'I love how Chris, the manager, if that's him in the background, is also moving to the music.
'If I were Sam that would make me feel so included and not sticking out like a sore thumb.'
Another wrote: 'People with autism and other disabilities can do many things if people just open their minds a little and give us a chance.'
Starbucks baristas see the best and worst of urban life, from irritable commuters to teenage lovebirds and customers who ask to be called Darth Maul on their coffee cups.
So what is it like working behind that counter? What do baristas wish they could say to customers, beyond "have a nice day"? Quora users who have worked as Starbucks baristas told all, and here are the highlights.
1. We know you don't want to give us your name, so make one up
We have to ask because it’s store policy, so when you make "your barista feel awful about the policy, or making her call out a ridiculous name (beyond just the "fun" names that people use in good humor) to illustrate your point, that's just mean", says ex-store manager Alecia Li Morgan. “Try going online if you hate it so much and writing to the customer care centre”, she says.
2. Whichever character you choose for your fake name, we’ve probably heard it before
One customer gave the name “Primrose Everdeen”, so when the barista called it out, her husband could cry out "I volunteer!"
3. If the Starbucks you’re visiting is in a remote location, that croissant you’ve ordered will probably have been defrosted, not freshly baked, that morning, according to Morgan.
4. Some of us love working for Starbucks so much that we got married in a Starbucks apron
And then we dressed our baby in one too.
5. The best foam-makers among us can whip froth that a coin will stand up on
(OK, we might reveal that if you asked.)
6. If all you want is to get your coffee and go, you’re in the minority
“For every person who wished we'd just give the coffee quickly and quietly, there were four more who loved the interaction”, said Morgan. One of former Starbucks employee Sarah Gillane’s customers even sent her a cheque to pay for her removals van when he found out she was moving house.
7. Starbucks sets rules on where exactly we should hold the cup when we hand it to you, and how the shot glasses should stand on the espresso machine drip tray, according to ex-barista Sarah Gillane.
8. Wealthiest Starbucks locations bring the worst customers
Even impatient commuters are nicer to handle than spoilt brats.
9. When you order a coffee with one and a HALF packets of Splenda, or demand a certain temperature, yes, we think you’re ridiculous, reveals amateur barista Michelle Licerio
10. The best of us can serve three customers a minute, says Gillane
11. If we’re not as perky as you when you order your 6am latte, it’s probably because we’re on a ‘clopen’ shift – when you close the shop at 11pm and are back to open it at 4am
12. When you complain about the temperature in the store, we wish you’d shut up, because there’s nothing we can do to change it.
Starbucks HQ sets upper and lower temperature limits, according to Morgan, and store staff don’t have much leeway. Bring another jumper if you’re too cold, or go elsewhere.
13. Truthfully, working at Starbucks is "a lot like being in the Hunger Games", says Justin Lindsey.