Starbucks barista 'writes creepy message on coffee cup'

The message was branded ‘grim’ and ‘inappropriate’ by social media users

Will Grice
Wednesday 04 November 2015 10:16
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The 'creepy' message posted on Facebook, via Alex Blaine
The 'creepy' message posted on Facebook, via Alex Blaine

Starbucks baristas may be well-known for not being able to spell names correctly, but one of the coffee chain's employees has apparently taken the concept of spicing up a latte one step further by adding a hidden and 'creepy' message on a teenage girl’s coffee cup.

The snap was posted on the Shit London Facebook group and appears to show a Starbucks-branded coffee cup with some of the words on the warning crossed out, leaving the message: “Careful, you’re extremely hot.”

via Facebook / Alex Blaine

The message also features an arrow and note next to it saying, “Read it”.

The woman who posted it claims to be the girl’s mother, and is seen to be describing it as “inappropriate”.

One Facebook user said, “I’m sure he’s fallen foul of some harassment laws there somewhere,” with another user branding it as “grim”.

As several users pointed out, the main issue with the message appears to be the barista’s decision to use the word “careful”, which many believed gave off bad connotations.

And while the authenticity of the cup - and message - have not yet been confirmed, it wouldn't be the first time that baristas have got themselves into hot water over their apparently unintelligible scrawling.

In August, debate raged over whether one cup spelled the name 'Greg' or 'Corey' - and in March it was announced that the coffee chain would be writing racial equality slogans on cups.

But some people criticised the move as a calaculated ploy to shift more coffee, rather than a noble effort to improve race relations.

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The Independent has contacted Starbucks for comment.

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