To not want my name advertised on my coffee cup?
Zebedee74 · 27/07/2015 16:23
I get that Starbucks thinks it's a nice friendly thing to do, but surely you should be able to opt out if you're a grumpy old woman like me ?
Yesterday when the cashier said 'can I have your name for the cup please?' I said 'I'd rather not'. She was fine with this, took my money and passed the cup on to the barista. I was the only person waiting, but the barista asked my name 'for the cup' again. He insisted that he needed a name 'to avoid confusion', and went on to say 'it's company policy, dear'.
He decided to call me 'A' on my cup, made my coffee and then handed it to me.
AIBU to not want my (generally mis-spelled, even though it's only 3 letters and I always spell it out) name advertised on my cup? Or should I just amuse myself with made up comedy names?
Yes, I know I can choose to go elsewhere, and often do. I just think it's odd to force someone into a 'customer service experience' that they're not comfortable with.
FarFromAnyRoad · 27/07/2015 16:26
I think it's ridiculous too - but I also think that the brownish liquid that Starbucks dare to call coffee is something that should be referred to the Trades Descriptions people!
However - there are no rules on this one and nowhere does it say you have to give your real name.
If I were a Starbucks customer I'd name myself Eyma Knobgobbler or Mike Hunts-Abelter - then have a nice childish snurk when it was called out!
MrsHathaway · 27/07/2015 16:30
It's a gimmick. The coffee is overpriced, so you're paying for the gimmick.
Like pps said, choose a name that amuses you. I'd be tempted to go for something that might net you a freebie. Lady Salisbury?
DH recently met someone called Agatha-Christie . Just saying.
Zebedee74 · 27/07/2015 16:31
You're right - I need to stop getting irritated and start finding it amusing...or go elsewhere. Perhaps somewhere independent where they might actually give a toss what my name is?
The thing about amusing names is that you could actually end up walking down the street with 'My C*nt' written on your hot beverage.
yorkshapudding · 27/07/2015 16:32
If you don't want to give your name then that's fair enough, just say the first name that comes into your head. I agree it's a daft policy but the poor sod behind the counter didn't come up with it and they can get into trouble if they don't follow it. Refusing to give a name just puts them in an awkward position and holds up the queue.
needsomefeckingprivacy · 27/07/2015 16:33
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eggyface · 27/07/2015 16:38
don't see why you can't refuse a name. I know it's not the server's fault but they're the only representative of the company present to whom we can make our views known. I just say 'no, I don't do that!' with a nice smile. if ever I'm in Starbucks which is v rare. I like the taxpayer option tho and would use that if it weren't for the fact that we are enabling them by shopping there.
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