(accidentally) free starbucks

It all started on the last day of school. My cooperating general education teacher gave me a $10 Starbucks gift card to thank me for all of my help this year. It was totally sweet and unexpected!

However, when I went to use it a week or two later, the card reader said the gift card was EMPTY! I protested, said it must have been a mistake, that I had just gotten this as a gift!

The barista felt sorry for me and gave me my iced coffee for free. Score! But I felt sad about the empty gift card. It would have been too awkward to ask the gift-giver to reload it.

So a week or so later I went to a different Starbucks, hoping beyond hope that the last time was just a card reader mistake.

Nope. It happened again. The card came up empty. This time, although I did express my disappointment, I had my credit card ready in my other hand to pay for my drink just in case. But the nice barista behind the counter just waved it off, and said "Don't worry about it, it's on the house!"

WELL. Imagine my surprise when I cleaned out my purse today and found a different Starbucks card. When I looked up the balance online, I was pretty shocked to see that it had $10 on it!!!


I guess I had mistaken an old, expired card for my new gift card and had been trying to pay with that. (And getting free coffee in the meantime, ahem.)

Sooooo, anyone want to meet me at Starbucks?


Sparkling said...

Whooooooa looks like you figured out a snafu. a loophole. are you going to use your power for good or evil??? i would totally have tried again hoping their card reader was just wrong!

Anonymous said...

Dag! If we lived in the same town, I would totally be there. I love everything coffee! Isn't it great that folks are nice enough for a freebie here or there? Did you mention you were a teacher or just mentioned the gift? The teacher thing gets us a few freebies from nice folks every now and again.

Natalie said...

hahahaha!!! I love it! I could totally see myself doing that!! :) I have had issues with giftcards, but the baristas were not as friendly as yours! :)

Miss Teacher said...

hahahaha that's hilarious!!! towards the end of the school year I totally drove away from starbucks drive through without paying--oops! I did go back and race into the store with my credit card out, exclaiming, "I DROVE AWAY WITHOUT PAYING! I'M SORRY!" and in hindsight they probably thought I was crazier for doing that than driving away in the first place! (seriously, can I just get a stamp on my forehead that says: "I am a stressed out teacher. Do not judge"?!?)

Anonymous said...

I'm there! Dad

Anonymous said...

Very funny--would have loved to see your uh-oh/ah-ha moment!! Love ya Brenda

Mommy on the Spot said...

Free ice coffee - score!!

Rachel said...

Hee hee! You must have one of those honest faces :)

Maranda said...

Oops!!! I'm glad you found the real card. At least now you know that the person didn't give you an empty card. But great job on getting free coffee all around!

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