A New York City woman was ejected from one of the city's 4,234 Starbucks by police this weekend after having a stand-off with an employee over a multi-grain bagel.
It was the biggest grammar-related Big Apple brouhaha in weeks.
I felt a twang of empathy for this plucky woman. I too march into Starbucks and stubbornly use normal terms instead of their terms. I still use words like "medium" or "large" which always results in an employee holding up a cup and saying, "venti?" Sure. Whatever. As long as the words don't come out of my mouth, then yes. What you said.
On one particularly aggravating visit to Starbucks, I requested simple syrup for my iced coffee. Simple syrup is merely liquid sugar– no flavor. All the other sugar is free, right? Not at Starbucks. They call it "classic syrup" and you have to ask for it and then pay for it despite the fact that it's just sugar that underwent a little chemistry. This syrup is so simple that someone who failed chemistry class (me) knows how to make this. I had a friendly discussion with the cashier about why this is stupid. Like a wimp, I then paid for it and bristled for a good 30 minutes.
So imagine my delight when I discovered that Rosenthal really made a scene when she refused to say "without butter or cheese" after trying to order a "plain" multi-grain bagel. She thinks a person shouldn't have to state a string of disclaimers after ordering something, but the barista disagreed. She yelled, "I want my multi grain bagel!" and the barista shot back, "You're not going to get anything unless you say butter or cheese!"
Their stalemate lasted until the police told Rosenthal she could either leave or be arrested.
Admittedly, this was not as memorable as Steve Slater's outburst last week, but Rosenthal is probably going to have to get her coffee elsewhere in NYC from now on. I imagine this will pose a problem for her though since in NYC you can't just order a black coffee, you have to say "no milk or sugar."
Does Starbucks lingo annoy you or do you let them control your vocabulary?