Many people who treat themselves to a fancy Starbucks’s coffee have had a chuckle about the coffee-chain spelling their name incorrectly on the cup.
Caffeine fanatics tend to just brush off the misspelling as a funny mistake, but YouTube channel Super Deluxe has a crazy theory that baristas aren't bad spellers at all and they, in fact, are spelling your name incorrectly on purpose.
The video opens ominously, panning onto a cup of Starbucks coffee with a misspelled name. The voice over says: “If you have ever ordered a coffee at Starbucks, they have probably mispelt your name. So we did an experiment.”
Customer "Molly" found that in the five Starbucks stores she went into, three completely misspelled her name on the cup. There was Molly, Molli, Mali and Mommy.
The YouTube video poses the question: “What if the misspellings on your cup aren’t actually mistakes?”
“Think about it, Starbucks are the largest coffee chain in the world. Meaning that millions of people all around the world have their names mispelt on cups of coffee.
“They take pictures of their butchered names and post them on Facebook, Instagram, Tumbler… whatever.
“And what do all these pictures have in common? Two things. A misspelled name and that familiar green siren. Starring at you – with her all-knowing gaze.
“That’s right sheeple, you’ve been giving Starbucks free advertising for years. That innocent little scribble on your pumpkin spiced latte is tugging on the subconscious of your friends to go out and buy pumpkin spiced lattes of their own. Only for them to have their names misspelled, take a picture and perpetuate this froffy cycle of control.
“Ok, hold on a sec. Has Starbucks really snuck this under our noses? Believe whatever you want. But maybe, just maybe. We’re onto something.”
A little free publicity goes a long way-- even for a global brand like Starbucks.
If you do find that you have been conditioned into wanting a Starbucks coffee, instead of paying for one, here’s how one savvy shopper got a free coffee every single say of the year.