We've all been in a coffee shop when we hear someone ahead of us in line make some out-there request for their drink. Maybe they ask for half a dozen extra pumps of syrup, or try to describe a special drink they heard of online.
Baristas have to put up with a lot.
So when Twitter user Josie (@ProjectJosiee) shared their own experience working for Starbucks, people online were aghast at the order he had to fulfill.
In a now deleted tweet, Josie quipped:
"On today's episode of why I wanna quit my job."
Their tweet was shared by many others online.
@ProjectJosiee you made it to cursed foods 😂 https://t.co/5CeWI9hZB1— Storm (@Storm)1620227565.0
It included this image:
@ProjectJosiee / Twitter
The image shows a mobile order from 'Edward' that consists of a venti frappuccino with 13 separate customizations that range from a request to add heavy cream to 7 additional pumps of the dark caramel sauce.
The image went so viral, the name Edward was trending on Twitter.
Josie spoke with Buzzfeed about the incident and said this wasn't even the strangest request he's worked with. He claimed that honor goes to a hot americano with a palm's worth of customizations he didn't have time to photograph.
This is surprisingly unsurprising, as his original tweet brought out a lot of other baristas with their own examples.
@ProjectJosiee i raise you this https://t.co/07mhU0IyED— bucky barnes stan account (@bucky barnes stan account)1620005154.0
@ProjectJosiee this order comes in every other week https://t.co/PAdcIFotyv— Bianca (@Bianca)1620005318.0
@ashleyn1cole @ProjectJosiee you’d be surprised . a lady ordered this in person with a completely straight face 😐 https://t.co/2OuTuN3Hti— baby velociraptor (@baby velociraptor)1620019142.0
Starbucks has long been known for the possible modifications to their standard drink order. There is a current TikTok trend where users try to make the most complicated drinks they can think of and see if the order works.
However, such extreme modifications are discouraged, especially during busy periods as a complicated order can back up other orders.
While the extra modifications can be charged extra, there are free drinks available as rewards through Starbucks' rewards program that are generally redeemed for the most expensive drink possible. And it's a little too common for people who receive one of these rewards to not tip their barista.
For those who aren't Starbucks workers, this kind of wild drink can be surprising.
I don't like to jump to conclusions, but Edward might be high-maintenance. 📸 @ProjectJosiee https://t.co/5o8mphklP0— TheBossRoss 🇪🇺 🧶 ❄ 📷 (@TheBossRoss 🇪🇺 🧶 ❄ 📷)1620021558.0
@naruto_niichan @ProjectJosiee Right? I feel high maintenance for subbing in almond or coconut milk and these peopl… https://t.co/Fw75PEmlA7— Bitch Aunt Susan (@Bitch Aunt Susan)1620016428.0
I'm going to get yelled at for this by some but I just think it's so selfish to order insane drinks like this at a… https://t.co/FBv8JF03Xd— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘)1620012927.0
Edward on his way to Dunkin’ Donuts when he finds out why he’s trending : https://t.co/Ea4gpmS99u— cesar (@cesar)1620020377.0
Some people, like author Sam Sykes got very creative with what they think of Edward's drink.
@SamSykesSwears / Twitter
Meanwhile, others felt it was just a big cup of sugar.
@BettinaSRoss1 @ProjectJosiee Sugar. Just say you want a cup of wet sugar. What is this, a coffee for ANTS!?— Literal Alien MC "Gizzy" (From FREE Book Series) (@Literal Alien MC "Gizzy" (From FREE Book Series))1620022278.0
@QueenOfTheKrew @ProjectJosiee you shouldn’t be bragging about this.— ⛓MOTHERFUCKER UNLIMITED ✿ (@⛓MOTHERFUCKER UNLIMITED ✿)1620149103.0
Josie, the original tweeter, got a lot of attention from the photo. This led to some funny comments, but also blew up his notifications on Twitter.
He retweeted a lot of responses to the incident, and has commented on some of the other wild drink orders.
Overall, it's been an eventful week for the Starbucks barista.
Alright y’all that tweet has gotta go its been a crazy 48 hours— Josie (@Josie)1620181188.0
What will happen with Josie and his employment with starbucks? tune in next time https://t.co/l2IpA2x3pq— Josie (@Josie)1620150091.0
broo I’m on buzzfeed 😭— Josie (@Josie)1620179101.0
who wanna buy me breakfast 🙂 and i say breakfast because i just woke up like 30 min ago $projectjosiee 🤍 https://t.co/504EdrNi2F— Josie (@Josie)1620180074.0
So what have we learned today?
For starters, the number of modifications you can add onto one drink at Starbucks is truly incredible.
But we've also learned it's not the best idea in the world to do so. In addition to inconveniencing a worker for no reason, you might end up on Twitter as the person everyone bonds over disliking.