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    Venting About Ventis

    | Tucson, AZ, USA | Crazy Requests, Food & Drink

    (I’m a semi-regular patron of a local coffee shop. I witness this exchange taking place.)

    Customer: “I’ll take a venti caramel machiatto, a venti iced peppermint mocha, and a venti butterscotch latte.”

    Cashier: “Ma’am, we don’t offer any of those flavors apart from the peppermint mocha.”

    Customer: “Well, of course you offer those. I was just looking at your online menu.”

    Cashier: “Ma’am, we have never offered venti sizing. We just call it large. And we have never offered caramel machiatto or butterscotch lattes. I’m not sure any coffee shop offers butterscotch lattes.”

    Customer: “I want a f***ing caramel machiatto and a butterscotch latte!”

    Cashier: “If you’ll look at the menu, we do offer a salted caramel.”

    Customer: “I don’t want a f***ing salted caramel. I can’t have salt; I’m on a no-salt diet. Let me speak to your manager.”

    (The manager is called, and repeats the same thing the cashier has been saying.)

    Customer: “I don’t understand why you won’t just f***ing make me my f***ing coffee order. It isn’t that difficult! Three venti coffees, one a caramel machiatto, one an iced peppermint mocha, and one a butterscotch latte. For f***’s sake, I order the same thing every day!”

    Manager: “That isn’t possible, as we don’t offer two of those drinks. I think you want the [popular coffee chain] down the road.”

    Customer: “No, I always come here and get those three drinks! I want my f***ing coffee and I’m not leaving until I get it.”

    (Finally, I’ve had enough, and I speak up.)

    Me: “Ma’am, they’ve told numerous times that they don’t offer those drinks. You don’t seem to get it, so I’m going to explain it again. This shop does not offer caramel machiattos or butterscotch lattes. They do not refer to their larges as ‘venti’. I’m sure they would be happy to make you a large iced peppermint mocha, but they cannot make you the other drinks. You would have to go somewhere else for them.”

    Customer: “I’m not leaving until I get my f***ing drinks!”

    Me: “Then you’ll be waiting an awfully long time. Meanwhile, there is a line behind you, and I’m now twenty minutes late for class, so if you would kindly get out of the way so I can order?”

    (The customer mutters about the quality of service and swears not to come back, but leaves.)

    Manager: *to me* “Whatever you’re getting, it’s on the house for getting rid of her. Just don’t try to order a venti.”