Oprah is one of the most influential people in the world, but that did not stop a Starbucks barista from asking her name and its spelling.
In an interview with E!, Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling promoted their film A Wrinkle in Time. The three candidly talked about the film, which was directed by Ava DuVernay and is slated for a March 9 release, and shared some personal stories.
Apparently, people could easily relate to the three stars of the fantasy film, who revealed that they actually do errands themselves, a striking contradiction to the misconception that celebrities don't do these kinds of stuff. However, it was Oprah that probably had the most note-worthy experience during the time she was running an errand.
Upon hearing that the 64-year-old philanthropist buys her own coffee, Kaling imagined what it felt like scribbling down a cup Oprah's name. But of course, coffee shops had long been an avenue for misspelled names, and one who has an eccentric, probably avant garde, name would rather spell their name aloud to avoid confusion.
But Oprah, the high-profile celebrity who loves offering giveaways in her show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, is not saved from this. The talk show host recounted a rather funny and very unusual story when she personally got herself a coffee at Starbucks, but not before encountering a barista who certainly made her trip memorable.
"Oh my god, I just went two days ago. And the woman said 'name?' and I said 'Oprah,' and she said 'how do you spell that?' Oprah narrated.
Similar, Worse Case
The arguably unbelievable event had echoed a thousand similar, maybe worse, cases in name-getting and -writing process of Starbucks. Buzzfeed, in an article, collected some coffee-drinkers who have had to deal with baristas from the infamous café and just had to take it online to share the blunders.
Some of the names incorrectly spelled were Daisy that turned into Dasie; Samantha into Sementha, and Cynthia into Cintya. However, a conspiracy theory from Super Deluxe in YouTube about Starbucks's misspelling was brought out.
The coffee shop allegedly does this on purpose, as most people nowadays find the mistake funny and would share it online. In short, it is an instant advertisement for Starbucks for free.
If this is true, then they probably got Oprah to somehow mention their name. Additionally, the theory was substantiated by a Starbucks staff who spoke with Cosmopolitan to spill the beans.
She narrated her manager confessed that the misspelling was a way to market the company. However, a Starbucks official denounced this and explained that the misspellings were unintentional.