Starbucks and a Wardrobe Malfunction

Starbucks is very popular in Japan. They’re all over the place. Indeed, one of the most beautiful Starbucks stores in the world is just a minute’s walk from our home. It is housed in an Ijinkan, one of the old Western-style buildings built by foreigners who moved to Kobe more than 100 years ago.

Starbucks Kitano Ijinkan

Starbucks employees in Japan are famous for jotting down a small note on the coffee cups they hand their customers. These are typically short, polite things like “thank you” or “have a nice day”, and are almost invariably (inevitably?) followed by a smiley.

But a couple of weeks ago a Starbucks employee made shrewd use of this practice:


Noticing that the customer’s fly was open, the employee jotted a small note on the cup to alert the customer about this minor, yet potentially wildly embarrassing, wardrobe malfunction. The customer was very grateful, and twitted a photo of the cup, adding the title “Starbucks is very kind”.

So there you have it. Another reason to shop at Starbucks. The employees there have your back!

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