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How a Starbucks Barista Saved This Man from Certain Humiliation

The seemingly paragon-esque actions of one Starbucks barista in the land of Nippon might just change the way you think about the iconic java jockeys

by Alex Swerdloff
Feb 25 2016, 11:00pm

Photo via Flickr user Christian Bucad

You don't need to know what the hell a Fizzio™ is to understand that being the world's largest coffee retailer isn't as easy as selling some Norah Jones collector CDs or emblazoning your coffee-bean bags with fair-trade rainbows. Global coffee behemoth Starbucks is no stranger to negative publicity, whether it derives from ill-advised attempts to explore race relations or from scandalous allegations of purposefully misspelling customer's names.

That being said, the seemingly paragon-esque actions of one Starbucks barista in the land of Nippon might just change the way you think about the iconic java jockeys. Then again, it might not.

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Japanese Twitter user @tetsuroooo took to the social media platform to voice his delight at the way a recent trip to Starbucks went down. "Starbucks has been very nice to me recently," reads the post—which has since been retweeted almost 83,000 times. Alongside the slightly enigmatic comment is a picture of a seemingly run-of-the-mill Frappuccino cup with a short note in place of the customer's name.

According to RocketNews24, the cup in questions reads: "Chaku aite masuyo" or "Your fly is open."

But even though @tetsuroooo took the message well, we got to thinking—and what we are thinking about is double-edged favors and thanks-but-no-thanks gifts.

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People of the Internet, we ask you this: Is it really a kindness to tell someone their fly is open if you do so by emblazoning the statement on their Starbucks cup?

Whatever happened to a whisper, Starbucks? Or a lifted eyebrow and a glance in the right direction? At least they didn't misspell @tetsuroooo's name.