While a Starbucks customer may be clever in a diabolical sort of way, he’s certainly not winning over the baristas in the process.
A man in the running for the worst customer ever figured out a way to get a free drink every day of the year, according to a man who describes himself on social media as a Starbucks employee.
The employee wrote that the man obtained 365 Starbucks store cards, which are free, though a minimum $5 deposit is required to cover future purchases. The man then registered each with a different birthday so he’d receive a free drink every day of the year, according to a barista using the name Brad Hasley.
Hasley emailed his tale to the website Kitchenette, saying he figured out how the customer “beat the system,” and didn’t really mind except that the man wasn’t very nice about it — some employee, huh?
“If he was a nice guy, I might not be so irritated,” Halsey wrote. “But he’s not a nice guy.”
In the email, Halsey detailed an average encounter with the customer, who he described as having a “pompous and creepy” voice:
I reluctantly give him the cup and marker. He draws lines and arrows and writes all over the cup while telling me: “Two pumps of white mocha here, then add five pumps of vanilla. That should take us to this line here where you’re gonna add cold heavy cream up to this ridge here…it should be halfway between this line and this line. Make sure to add the heavy whipping cream before the espresso, it changes the taste if you do it out of order. Then add your four shots, three regular and one long shot. That long shot is important, since you guys reformulated your machines, it’s been Hell trying to get my drink right. That long shot helps balance it. Then stir it for me, Mister Brad. Now do me a favor and add ice to the top there and it’ll be easy as pie. I’m not picky so don’t worry about shaking it or anything like that.”
The customer then claims his Starbucks app malfunctioned and that he had received a free birthday drink for the past 12 days.
All in all, that’s an awful lot of work for a free cup of coffee.