Thursday, May 19, 2016

“A Small Happiness”

RAJ-CROPPED copy_thumb[1]  Did you see the Wall Street Journal article yesterday about Starbucks new app? Raj was in it! They spelled his name wrong, of course:


For Sathyarajkumar Krishnasamy, 49, an engineer, finally seeing his properly spelled name on a cup has been a breakthrough. In Starbucks stores, he had tried everything from providing his nickname, “Raj,” which sometimes came out as “Rodge,” to telling baristas to identify him simply as “number 10.” The accuracy of the app, says Mr. Krishnasamy, is “a small happiness.”


HC-GU431_Cup_G_20160517164511One hot black grande for “Rodge”!

Butt that was the whole point of the story: how Starbucks new app – which prints out a sticker with your name on it  – eliminates the barista’s hand in misspelling your name in new and quirky ways:

Eugenia Leu misses the days when the baristas at her local Starbucks used to bungle her name.

The 36-year-old resident of San Mateo, Calif., recalls how she used to identify herself at the counter and then wait for the hand-scrawled translation to appear on her cup. She liked the anticipation of not knowing what it might say and then finding it boldly—and wrongly—marked “Ugena”

starbucks coffee

The new app lets you enter your own name which automatically prints out for the barista to paste on your cup. Efficient. Of course the new robot app, which eliminates the need to hire expensive baristas who can spell, takes a lot of the fun out of the Starbucks coffee experience. For instance, there are now fewer clues for the “guess what your server majored in before becoming a full-time barista” game. Here are some of my best guesses based on previous, documented, misspellings:

Screen Capture #286Double major: Womyn’s Studies and LGBT Studies (yeah, it’s a real major)

[[trigger warning on this next one!]]

Screen Capture #287Not sure, butt definitely NOT Womyn’s Studies – unless they were being ironic

Screen Capture #289EnglishLinguistics; or Drama

Screen Capture #288English – as a second language

Of course the new app may have its own charms thanks, I’m guessing, to the auto-correct feature:

Screen Capture #290

And I’m thinking a new game that might be fun to play would be “guess the person’s coffee order based on their name.” Here’s a couple to get you started:

  • Grande White chocolate mocha for POTUS:


  • Short Vanilla Latte for Hillary (with a Scotch chaser):

hillary drinking the potion

Cafe Americano for Trump, Venti:

starbucks how about those muslims

Bernie never goes to Starbucks because many people can’t afford to buy coffee from the capitalist pigs.

I never go to Starbucks either because I’m one of the those people who hasn’t had a raise in 8 years, so I don’t know if this new app is going to be a big thing or not. Butt Raj, who does visit occasionally, advises that “the seeing of your name” – or a reasonable facsimile thereof – on your cup is indeed  a “small happiness.”

And really, what more can any of us expect from life other than a small happiness?



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