Your Starbucks Barista Probably Hates This Basic Question

We've all heard our fair share of crazed Starbucks orders, right? As Spoon University notes, these orders are often absurd and even sometimes controversial, like one they posted made with "Trenti iced coffee, 12 pumps [sugar-free] vanilla, 12 pumps [sugar-free] hazelnut, 12 pumps [sugar-free] caramel, 5 pumps skinny mocha, a splash of soy, coffee to the star on the siren's head, ice, double-blended!"

And perhaps more annoying than making up a crazy order on one's own, one of the most annoying questions/requests that baristas hear is to make a menu item from the "Secret Menu," says Delish. Other questions that bug the barista include asking for cappuccinos with extra foam, asking why a drink is so expensive, or asking why you have to pay extra for something they are adding to your drink, like syrup or specialty milks. But none of these irk baristas like the most obvious question asked both by impatient Karens and patiently waiting regulars.

It helps to check before you ask

It is fairly normal to find yourself waiting for your drink in a Starbucks coffee shop for a long amount of time, especially if there is a rush. And when there is a rush, there is invariably a big crowd of drinks being made and delivered at once. Once you miss them calling your name, it can feel like a free-for-all. So you go to the counter and ask the barista, "Is this my drink?"

But according to a Reddit user, that is exactly what they do not want you to do. As @olivinemultichrome notes, the question is vague in many ways. They only know what is on the cup when they deliver it to you, so unless you get more specific with your name and what you ordered, they have no way to know whether a drink is yours or someone else's. Many followers of the thread noted that when people ask the question, they often haven't even looked at the cup to confirm who it's for before asking. So next time you're at Starbucks, make sure to keep that question to yourself, or at least check the cup you're asking about first.