Starbucks Staff Allegedly Spell Your Name Wrongly to Gain Social Media Publicity


Now, Starbucks staff are many things: friendly, quick on the uptake and swashbuckling are just some of the more stereotypical characteristics that define these baristas.

But there’s one thing they are not.

Proficient at spelling.

If you’re wondering what the hell I’m rambling on about, just take a look at these:

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So yeah, Starbucks employees aren’t exactly the best representatives for a high school spelling competition.

But then again, what if it was done on… purpose?

And I’m not talking about how you mess with someone coz you don’t like his/her face or clothes. Rather, I’m talking about a…


Youtube channel Super Deluxe has a theory: a money-grubbing conspiracy theory.

According to the self-described “creative weirdos”, the whole thing is actually a scheme by Starbucks to get free advertising on social media.

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They supposedly call it the “frothy cycle of control”.


Super Deluxe then closes off the video by saying they don’t know if it’s true. Which makes you wonder: “What if it is?”

Apparently, an unnamed Starbucks assistant manager once told Cosmopolitan that they misspelled names on purpose to promote the coffee chain.

“I don’t know if everyone does it, but when I asked my manager if she does, she admitted most Starbucks employees use it as a marketing tool, she said. Most people aren’t going to post a photo to social media of a cup with their name spelled right. I just use it as a way to be funny, but now I get why people use it as a way to promote the business.”

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However, a Starbucks spokesman reportedly told BuzzFeed News that the conspiracy theory’s incorrect.

“We’ve never asked or directed any of our partners to misspell names of our customers for any reason,” he said.

Could it be correct?

According to the self-proclaimed baristas on Buzzfeed’s comment section, it doesn’t seem to be the case.


And one was even brave enough to confess the real reason behind the global phenomenon.


But of course, these could be Starbucks-generated accounts to dissuade patrons from catching their gimmick.

Wouldn’t be surprised, with the amount of conspiracies going on.