Spelling Matters. Some of the spelling errors on starbucksspelling.tumblr.com are pretty funny, but I think this story illustrates why spelling matters. As I was standing by the pickup counter at Starbucks, I noticed that the barista had placed two grande cups on the counter, shouting something like "Two grande lattes!", but no one had claimed them. After a minute and a half, a man who had been standing across from me this whole time approached the counter and stared at one of the cups, as if trying to figure out if it was his or not. He continued staring for 10-15 seconds, which seemed like an unusually long time to figure out cup ownership. During this intense stare-off, he had a look of confusion and possibly anger or impatience on his face. I couldn't quite figure it out. He continued to examine the cup. Finally, he picked it up and gestured at the barista to get her attention.
When he finally got it, he said nothing and merely pointed at the cup. The barista looked at him and said, "I'm sorry. I just make the drinks." My curiosity was roused. What was going on?
Once I saw what name was written on the cup, everything made sense. Apparently, whoever had taken Angus's order had written "Anus" on the cup. Clever jibe or unfortunate error? We will never know.