I am now actually dreading buying coffee, because I don't want to have to say my name out loud, or see the barista struggling with writing it. Should he/she be asking how I write it? How accurate are they aiming to be? In the end, is it just embarrassing for the customer and the employee, and the only winner in this situation is the board of directors, who probably never get a takeaway latte anyways.
Consistently awkward name situations have happened ever since: A friend of mine studies in France and when he went to get his daily shot of caffeine, the French barista didn’t understand the name Brad and instead wrote, the honest truth, "Brat". Thanks dude. How awkward is it when the barista that makes the coffee grabs the cup, tries to decipher what his colleague has written and then move on to try to pronounce the name: Tall latte for Brat!
My story isn’t as bad, but when asked what my name was I said “Christine” and assumed this is what would be called when my coffee was done. So when “Tall latte for Cristy” was called, I didn’t grab and go, because that isn’t my name. I ended up waiting and waiting, until there were no one else waiting for their coffee, and the sad latte still stood there waiting for Cristy. Puzzled I looked around, there was no one left, the barista was very unconcerned with the latte waiting for an owner, and also very unconcerned with making my latte.
Then I realised I was Cristy, and my coffee was cold.