Let me start by saying I am firmly on Team Barista. As someone who spends way too much time and money at Starbucks, I’ve gotten to know quite a few baristas, and they’re all hardworking, meticulous people. It’s a tough job! They have to crank out dozens and dozens of coffee drinks a day, often accommodating a bunch of annoying special requests. (“I’d like my foam heated to precisely 111 degrees Fahrenheit, please!”) A coffee shop can be crowded, hot, and noisy. And worst of all, some customers are jerks.
So when you add all that up, it’s understandable that sometimes the barista’s gonna get a name wrong. It’s a fact of life. We’re not here for common misspellings. We’re here for the guy named Scott who had towalk around with a coffee cup that said “Scrote.”
And hey, maybe some of these weren’t even mistakes. Maybe Scott was acting like a scrote, and an overworked barista found a way to get revenge.
1. Intended name: Cass
2. Intended name: Penelope
3. Intended name: Ariel
4. Intended name: Zach
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5. Intended name: Ian
6. Ian, take two
7. Ian, take three
Apparently the name “Ian” is the barista’s kryptonite.
8. Intended name: Michelle
9. Intended name: Emily
Someone’s a Lord of the Rings fan!
10. Intended names: Yvonne, Caitlin
11. Intended name: Ingrid
That one HAD to be on purpose.
12. Intended name: Erin
14. Intended name: Dylan
Let’s hope that cup didn’t get Dylan arrested.
15. Intended name: Andie
16. Intended name: Barbara
17. Intended name: Andres
That could be a misspelling, or it could be the worst flirting attempt of all time.
18. Intended name: Kris, Iris
Alternate explanation: that particular barista was Sean Connery.
19. And now we move into the really embarrassing ones, starting with a drink that was supposed to be for Chad:
20. Intended name: Virginia
21. Intended name: Ann-Louise
22. Intended name: Clint
23. And finally, a drink that was for Simon
Sometimes, life gives you a precious gift.