A woman's sister wrote an angry letter to Starbucks Hong Kong on their facebook page after the staff made this rather unfortunate spelling of her name "Virginia."
Whoops. Virginia's sister Veronica was not pleased, and wrote this nasty note to Starbucks Hong Kong:
Alright. Let's break this down. First, while this is an embarrassing mistake, it's easy enough to see how it would happen in a country where most people speak Mandarin. Mandarin and English have completely different alphabets and pronunciation. Maybe she thought that the clerks at Starbucks were smirking, and only pretending to mispell her name.
But let's get to the meat of the issue. If you are going to call someone out for a language-based mistake, maybe you should do so with coherent, grammatical writing? The second sentence is already pushing it with its strange use of "Fancy," but it's the next one where things start to come unglued. "Forgiving she has been with every misspelled cup." Really? Has she had a relationship with said cups, for which we should forgive her?
Also: "It is a derogatory attitude even if it is unintentional." Nope. It was either a random mispelling, because, you know, it's a not very common name from a foreign culture, or they were making fun of her. Probably the former.
Last one: "Every Starbucks experience for her has been coupled with fear and anticipation." This is either major hyperbole or a glowing endorsement of Starbucks' coffee. This woman, who certainly has many other options where she can get coffee, most of which won't require the staff to spell her name, and thus won't fill her with fear, and yet she just can't say no to Starbucks.
Veronica, have you asked Virginia if she cares? I would get a kick out of it personally. You can spell my name however you want.
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