Nope, My Name Is Not “Vagina,” Despite What Starbucks Says

Julie Gerstein | May 1, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Starbucks’ baristas getting customers’ names wrong is the stuff of legends — and “Saturday Night Live” skits.

As a “Julie” I’m pretty much guaranteed to get a cup with “Judy” scrawled across it, but fuck it, I’ll live. Amelia’s gotten Amoeba. Ami’s gotten Emmy. The name Virginia, though, is apparently a bit trickier. Earlier this week, a woman named Virginia visited a Starbucks in Hong Kong and got a cup with “Vagina” scrawled across it. The woman’s sister was angered by the is-this-my-sister’s-name-or-my-genitals Starbucks experience, and posted a note on the store’s Facebook page.

This is my sister’s cuppa [SIC] from your HKU branch. Fancy your staff not being able to spell an American name like Virginia. Forgiving she has been with every misspelled cup. Her cup was once ‘Virgin’. Every Starbucks experience for her has been coupled with fear and anticipation. But THIS is just UNACCEPTABLE. Starbucks HK, you have to buck up or just not spell your customer’s name anyway. It is a derogatory attitude even if it is unintentional. What do you have to say about this?

Women, we’ve got vaginas, sure, but that doesn’t mean you can start calling us by our ladyparts, Starbucks! So far, the store has yet to respond to the complaint.

What’s the most egregious misspelling or name butchering you’ve ever received at a Starbucks or otherwise? [SF Gate]