Starbucks Barista Reveals The Shameless 'Hack' A Guy Uses To Get A Free Drink Everyday

A good loophole will make you cringe a little bit. But only a little, because you have to kind of admire someone’s cunning to exploit the loophole, but simultaneously feel embarrassed for them stooping so low.

I’m talking about people who bring tupperware into all-you-can eat buffets, or walk into a frozen yogurt spot and ask for samples of every flavor without buying anything, or the dreaded department store shopper who abuses the retailer’s very forgiving refund policy by returning a 9-year-old gown.

This guy takes his cleverness to the next level: by getting a free Starbucks coffee for every day of the year.

Brad Halsey, a Starbucks barista told Kitchenette about the shameless customer’s scam that nabs him daily free beverages.

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There is a man who comes to my Starbucks every single day and orders the most horrible drink in an infuriating way. He purchased 365 Starbucks cards and registered every one of them online with a different birthday so that he gets a “free birthday drink” EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. Even though I know exactly how he “beat the system” there, he pretends that his app is just malfunctioning and it magically gives him the same free birthday drink every day.

That’s right, the dude bought hundreds of Starbucks gift cards and registered each of them with a different birthday so he could get a free “birthday” drink every single day.

Halsey says he doesn’t have a problem with the guy’s little scheme, it’s just that he’s apparently such a condescending, particular jerkwad about it.

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If he was a nice guy, I might not be so irritated. But he’s not a nice guy. Here is a sample of our exchange when he orders (when you imagine his voice, it should be pompous and creepy):

Me, scowling on the inside: “Hello.”

Him: “I need a Venti cup and a marker.”

Me: “Oooooohkaaaay. Here ya go.”

You thought that would be the end of their exchange? Halsey says that it gets worse.

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I reluctantly give him the cup and marker. He draws lines and arrows and writes all over the cup while telling me: “Two pumps of white mocha here, then add five pumps of vanilla. That should take us to this line here where you’re gonna add cold heavy cream up to this ridge here…it should be halfway between this line and this line. Make sure to add the heavy whipping cream before the espresso, it changes the taste if you do it out of order. Then add your four shots, three regular and one long shot. That long shot is important, since you guys reformulated your machines, it’s been Hell trying to get my drink right. That long shot helps balance it. Then stir it for me, Mister Brad. Now do me a favor and add ice to the top there and it’ll be easy as pie. I’m not picky so don’t worry about shaking it or anything like that.”

Me: “OK. Easy as pie.”

Him: “Now they ring it up for me like this: one quad espresso, add white mocha, sub vanilla, sub heavy cream.”

[He wants it rung up that way so he just has to pay $ 3.00 for a drink that really should be around $ 6.50 if it was rung up correctly as an Iced Quad Venti Vanilla White Mocha with heavy cream instead of milk.]

Me: “Gotcha.”

Not only does he get his free drink, but Halsey said the guy is more demanding than paying customers.

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Him: “Now I’m going to use my free birthday reward to pay. Did I tell you about my birthday reward app malfunction? The app is screwed up and it’s been giving me the same free birthday drink for twelve days now! I mean, I’m not going to complain or anything. Maybe I should check my mail at my old house and see if I’ve won free Starbucks for life! Ha ha ha!”

[he tastes his drink & frowns]

Him: “Mister Brad, why don’t you pour a decaf shot on top of this for me? It’ll be perfect then. It’s just a hair too sweet.”

[I pour one decaf shot on top of his drink]

Me, and my skin is crawling at this point: “Thanks! Have a great day. Oh yeah, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY.”

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An Artist Turned Obama And Biden Into Classic Dynamic Duos And We're In Love

Ever since the explosion of Joe Biden and Barack Obama memes, people can’t help but get inspired by the bromance these two men apparently share.

Not only has the surge in this meme’s popularity inspired a bevy of jokes, but it looks like it’s inspired some legitimate artwork as well.

Like Stylight’s “BROTUS” series of drawings that re-imagines Obama and Biden as classic dynamic duos.

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Like Mario and Luigi.

Perhaps one of the most iconic duos of all time, Mario and Luigi are the iconic characters of Super Mario bros which is now the best-selling video game franchise ever. Every year countless people dress up as this colourful duo for Halloween and dress up parties alike. In 2013 Super Mario released a game entitled ‘Mario & Luigi: Dream Team’ so it only seemed fitting that we replace them with our fave dream team Joe and Barack.

Woody and Buzz.

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Sheriff Woody and space ranger Buzz Lightyear start off on a bad foot when Woody loses his crown as Andy’s favourite toy to make room for the newer, shinier Buzz. However, throughout the Toy Story movies Buzz and Woody form a bond and eventually a strong alliance. The song ‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’ is now synonymous with Toy Story and would make a pretty good soundtrack to all those Barack and Joe memes if you ask us!

Men in Black.

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Elite secret agents K and J, played by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith respectively, are members of the MiB, an extra terrestrial surveillance corporation. Responsible for managing alien ‘immigration’ and saving the world from intergalactic terrorism, the pair are dubbed the ‘Men in Black’ because of their non descript monochrome uniforms – not unlike Obama and Biden’s usual simple suited looks!

Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.

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Ex-chemistry school teacher turned crystal methamphetamine manufacturer Walter White (or Heisenberg as he’s more commonly known) and dealer Jesse Pinkman strike up an unusual friendship and alliance when they start their drugs business Cap’n Cook. It’s no secret that the pair’s business takes off in a big way and they develop a strong, loyal bond. Bet you never thought you’d see Barack in a hazmat suit! A badass bromance if ever there was one!

And of course, Batman and Robin.

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Ah the classic ‘Dynamic Duo’ Batman and Robin are a quintessential pair fighting crime and defeating evil together. So many similarities to Obama and Biden already we hear you cry! Yep and that’s not all… much like Biden, Robin is Batman’s light hearted sidekick and is often referred to as his ‘comic relief’.

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This Poor Dog Got One Of The Worst Haircuts We've Ever Seen And It's Hilarious

I’ve had and seen some pretty disastrous haircuts in my time. But this poor dog takes the biscuit. Twitter user Lindsay Martin recently decided to share the butchering that her dog went through after her mom told the groomer “to keep it long on the top.”

Here’s Wembley before his haircut…

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And after…

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Unsurprisingly, Martin isn’t very happy.

Especially because her mom won’t let her fix it…

Twitter seemed to love it, though.

Martin seems anything but pleased about what happened to poor Wembley.

But was quick to reassure people that he’s doing just fine and clarify that she still loves him, bad haircut or not.

And he does seem happy enough…

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Groom's Mistress Shows Up At His Wedding Wearing A Wedding Gown

An unfortunate reality of many modern day relationships is that people cheat. It doesn’t matter how long they’ve been dating or if they’re engaged or married, but the fact is that people have affairs.

And I’m not saying that having multiple partners or lying to someone about having an affair is necessarily a bad thing. People have all sorts of reasons for why they choose to seek out other romantic connections. But if you’re set to marry someone and settle down with them, then you probably want to cut out all those side-piece shenanigans.

Or you might just end up with a wedding like this: where a groom’s mistress showed up wearing a wedding gown.

In the video the husband can be seen trying to escort the furious mistress out of the wedding hall, but she stubbornly refuses.

She went on to grab the microphone and tell everyone in the wedding hall that the groom was a womanizer, which led to a shouting match between her and the guests.

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The horrifying event happened in Ghana. Apparently after the mistress left the hall a bigger confrontation occurred outside. It’s unclear as to whether or not the bride and groom ended up tying the knot after the mistress’ surprise appearance. (h/t metro)

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Donald Trump Has A Panic Attack When He Realizes He's Actually President On SNL

The nation’s still in protest and shock over Donald Trump’s Presidential win. People expected the disdain for his victory to settle down after a few weeks but it seems that people’s concerns are growing more and more with each cabinet choice the president-elect’s administration makes.

And as his time in office draws closer a reality is setting in: Trump has made a lot of huge campaign promises, many of them that he’s already going back on. There are a lot of people, both Democrat and Republican, who aren’t quick to let him forget those promises.

SNL hasn’t forgotten either, and used some of Trump’s biggest campaign platforms in last night’s hilarious cold open. And Trump was absolutely freaking out once he realized he had to put his money where his mouth is.

I’m scared/excited to see how this Presidency turns out.

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15 Gifts For The 'Stranger Things' Fan In Your Life

We all have that friend. The friend who rocked the Eleven Halloween costume. The friend who can’t leggo their Eggos. The friend who watched all of Stranger Things in one (very long) sitting. The friend who still isn’t over the sick injustice that was Barb’s fate. 

This holiday season, it’s time to think of our loved ones who dedicated so much time to obsessing over Stranger Things. Thankfully, the Internet has plenty of gift ideas: 

  1. This Christmas lights pint glass.

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    So you can pour one out for anyone trapped in the upside down

  2. A sweatshirt to prove your solidarity.

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    Barb deserved better. Never forget. 

  3. An Eleven’s waffles-scented candle.

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    No better way to stimulate your super powers. 

  4. A ‘Stranger Things’ coloring book.

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    Because childhood activities are the best mechanisms for fending off adulthood stresses like.. holiday shopping. 

  5. A ‘Justice For Barb’ pin.

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    There will never be enough pro-Barb paraphernalia. 

  6. The ultimate coffee mug.

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    Especially if anyone in your squad has superpowers.

  7. A sweatshirt with the greatest of waffle puns.

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  8. An ~upside down~ cap.

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  9. A ‘Stranger Things’- themed charm bracelet.

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    Christmas lights, cassette tape, and all. 

  10. This inspirational embroidery hoop.

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  11. Your own communication Christmas lights.

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    You know, just in case your friends get stuck in the upside down. 

  12. Barb’s glasses.

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    What better way to pay homage to our fallen heroine? 

  13. A sweatshirt to show some school spirit.

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  14. Buttons for every occasion.

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    …Whether you’re telling off school bullies or defending your waffles. 

  15. Finally, in case your fandom wasn’t evident enough, a phone case that will make your passion clear.

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People Want To Boycott 'Hamilton' After Mike Pence Was Booed When He Walked In

On Friday night, vice-president elect Mike Pence was booed by a theater audience during a showing of Hamilton in New York. As you probably expect, the city voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton rather than Donald Trump in the presidential election. 

The cast even had something to say to Pence…

President-elect Donald Trump was quick to accuse theatre-goers of harassing his VP and demanded an apology.

Trump supporters were quick to start the hashtag #BoycottHamilton, calling on people to boycott the musical. 

While others used it as an oppurtunity to thank Trump supporters for finally freeing up some tickets.

While others saw it as an oppurtunity to take a quick jab at Trump and Pence.

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Elon Musk Says Tesla's Solar Roofs Will Be Cheaper Than Ordinary Ones

If you’re an energy company right now, then you’re probably assembling a team of sleazy lawyers to try and come up with laws to halt the sale of Tesla’s solar roof tiles.

Why? Because they’re about to make solar energy affordable for every contractor and home owner in America.

Solar absorbing roof tiles won’t just provide homes with free energy, but they’re going to cost less than most ordinary roofs.

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The electric energy giant’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk says that the solar roofs will have a longer life span than their regular counterparts, so it doesn’t make sense for building manufacturers to use other roofing tiles.

It’s worth noting that a lot of the energy saving doesn’t come in the manufacturing process of the roofs, but in shipping and handling.

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Bloomberg speculates that when Tesla’s solar roofs become commercially available, the cost will be extremely high, as they are pricey to manufacture.

However, the benefit of the solar roofs are that they’re lighter and not as fragile as traditional roof tiles making the process of shipping them easier and exponentially cheaper.

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Plus, there’s also the coolness and sexiness factor, which has been Musk’s concern with green and electric products from the beginning:

“The key is to make solar look good. We want you to call your neighbors over and say, ‘Check out this sweet roof.'”

The tempered glass roof tiles will be offered in four styles: Tuscan, Slate, Textured, and Smooth.

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The solar energy picked up by the tiles can be used to directly power a home or even stored for later use in Tesla’s power wall battery or other solar power banks you’ve got in your home.

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17 Times Tumblr Had Too Much Fun With Benedict Cumberbatch's Name

Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t just a great actor, he has a great name. Sure, it’s a bunch of different syllables and it sounds like something out of a quirky British novel set in Victorian times. He has the name of a guy that the girl in the story is engaged to but doesn’t really love, he’s just a good “match” for her.

Trust me, as someone with an unusual name myself, I get the flak that Cumberbatch gets for his moniker.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy all the ribs he gets on the internet for being blessed with such an original name. And neither does Tumblr. So they’ve started a little game that the rest of the internet’s adopted of making fun of his name in the most absurd ways.

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Student Returns A 16-Year-Old Envelope Filled With Cash And Gets A Donut Party In Return

Overall, our moral compass was better when we were kids. The latest proof comes in the form of what 11-year-old Elijah from Eureka, CA did when he found an envelope that contained some cold hard cash and opted to do the right thing.

Elijah is enrolled in a primary class for handicapped students in Glen Paul School, and was brushing up on some pre-vocational skills with his teacher, and that day’s task was learning how to shred documents.

He came across an envelope dated 16 years ago, and found a wad of cash in it. Together with the help of his teacher aide, Rachel Cardoza, they managed to trace the contents back to Western Chainsaw, a local business that shreds their documents using Glen Paul’s pre-vocational program.

When John Hague, the owner of Western Chainsaw, received word that they found and wanted to return the money (which turned out to be fuel money from an old truck rental program they once had), he was ecstatic.

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“It was really heartwarming. You don’t see a lot of that kind of honesty any longer. To have them teaching these kids that, I think it’s a great thing.” Hague said.

He was so pleased that he showed up to Elijah’s school with three boxes of doughnuts for his class and a $ 500 check from his company to the school. The children, in turn, made him thank you cards, which he said he would be proudly displaying on the walls of Western Chainsaw.

(h/t Times-Standard)

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