Starbucks apologizes for barista who wrote 'DIABETES HERE I COME’ on a customer’s cup


If you’ve ever ordered anything other than coffee or tea at a Starbucks, you’ve probably experienced the unique agony of having a barista butcher your name.

Over the weekend, a customer in St. Augustine, Florida, fell victim to the same fate, but instead of a cruel mistranslation of his name, the drink came with a grim prediction: “diabetes here I come.”

The unidentified customer was compelled to call the barista out for their insensitivity, stating that two of his sisters were actually living with diabetes. Starbucks issued the following statement to ABC News:

Starbucks strives to provide an inclusive and positive experience for our customers, and were disappointed to learn of this incident. We are working directly with the customer to apologize for his experience, and with our partners (employees) to ensure this does not happen again.

According to Starbuck’s website, the grande white chocolate mocha that the customer ordered traditionally comes with 12 grams of saturated and 59 grams of sugar. That number fluctuates a little depending on what kind of milk you get, but jumps up when you factor in the pumps of Classic Syrup the drink came with.

In terms of sugar, one standard-issue grande white chocolate mocha is the equivalent to 6.5 Big Macs from McDonalds, 5 Whoppers from Burger King, and 12 Gordita Supremes from Taco Bell.

Most people assume that sugar directly causes type 2 diabetes, but technically speaking, that isn’t true. Rather, type 2 diabetes is caused by being overweight and calorically-dense diets. The American Diabetes Association is careful to note that people should mind the sugary drinks they consume, considering that they’re especially calorie-dense compared to most foods.

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