How many times has this happened to you? You order a drink at Starbucks, enunciate your name as best you can, wait for your order and, more often times than not, find that the barista wrote a name on your cup that only slightly resembles your own.
Now in a new video (warning: with language NSFW), New York-based comedian Paul Gale pokes fun at the common occurrence and claims the butchering of your name is done — wait for it — intentionally.
While posing as a Starbucks employee in the video, Gale deadpans, “I didn’t mishear your name. I am deliberately misspelling your name to confuse and annoy you.”
Even the easiest of names get caught in his trap. “Let me assure you, everyone in the world knows how to spell ‘Jessica,’ ” he says. “I decided to write ‘Gessika’ on your cup to play with your emotions in a shrewd and calculating way.”
Is there reasoning behind his cruelty? Of course there is: To get you to post a photo of your cup on social media —another act we’re guilty of.
And even if the day comes that your name is spelled correctly, don’t be fooled. “You’ll think things might be looking up for you. That’s what I want you to think,” he says. “I’m lulling you into a false sense of security. This isn’t over. It’s never over.”
VIDEO: Why Starbucks Spells Your Name Wrong (Warning: With Language NSFW)