I work at Starbucks. No, I’m not an advocate for Starbucks and I don’t worship the siren, but I do think it’s the best company I’ve ever worked for. They care about their employees and they care about their customers. But they’re also a fairly liberal company, just like I’m a fairly liberal person. And you know who likes to give Starbucks shit for no reason other than to have something to complain about or to have something be the enemy? Overly conservative people. And most people assume that all Christians are overly conservative. I’m not. I don’t.
Last year, people threw a fit saying Starbucks was trying to take Christ out of Christmas. Because they did minimalist cups. I never really understood how those correlated. But, people have been blaming companies for taking Christ out of Christmas for as long as I remember. And, as someone who works for the company, I’ve realized that Starbucks celebrates Christmas harder than most. And I used to work in hospitality.
I had heard that people were coming into stores and giving a certain name to be written on their cup. I wasn’t sure if it was real. I didn’t care all that much. I just feel the need to mention why Starbucks likes to have names on their cups.
First off, it makes the coffee experience more personal (their words, not mine). It also helps to identify drinks, so if ten people order white mochas, you know which one is yours. Trying to make it political or whatever is pointless. It just causes problems. And no one really cares if you want to put a fake name on your cup to be funny. You’ll still know that it’s your drink.
Anyway, I had heard that people want Starbucks baristas to write “Trump” on their cups. And they were going to complain if the barista didn’t call out the name. Last week, I was on bar with another guy I work with, another Christian, and a woman came in and told her friends she was going to see if she could get a rise out of someone. She said her name was Trump. My shift, who took the order, came and told us, so we would be aware of the situation. We weren’t supposed to make a big deal out of it.
So, I ended being the barista who got to make her drink. And I made a decision. Most of the people I work with don’t always call out the names on the cups, they just say the drink. I decided to do that as well. So, I called out her mocha as a mocha, and called out the next drink as a pumpkin spice latte, because that’s what they were. Most of the other drinks we were making were for the drive thru.
When she came to pick up her drink, she loudly asked if it was hers. Both of the baristas making drinks, myself and my coworker, were pretty busy with other drinks. I told her if she ordered a grande mocha, it might be hers. She turned to her friends and complained that we called out the drink, but not the name. Then another of her friends came to ask me, while I was obviously trying to work, if it was her drink. I politely told him that I wasn’t sure, but that it might be. I was preoccupied. Then he left, and when he came back, he asked for my name, then they all left the store.
See, this situation to me sounds like it would be a group of self-righteous teenagers acting up for no reason. But no, these were adults, most likely in their forties. I didn’t realize it was so hard to grow up.
It really bums me out that I’m grouped with these people. Regardless of what you believe about Trump or Starbucks or Christianity, it matters to me that people are kind to each other. Yes, Trump is our president. No, he is not kind, so I find it hard to support him. However, I do believe in praying for our leaders. As a citizen of this country, Trump is my leader. And this is a really hard time for people like me. This is a hard time for feminist Christians. It’s a time where it’s hard to voice and be okay with what you believe. But causing division is not the way.
Be conservative, whatever. But don’t try to make people angry purely because you can. Purely because they believe more freely than you do. Purely because they might have a more open mind. Purely because you disagree.
I’m into loving and accepting people first. Which means loving and accepting overly conservative people just as much as it means loving and accepting someone who might think I’m close minded simply because I’m a Christian. All people are equal. Be kind to each other.