Starbucks customer finds cheeky secret message ‘written on coffee cup by barista’

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Many Starbucks customers will be familiar with picking up their coffee order to find their name has been comically misspelled on the cup.

Coffee cup conspiracy theorists even believe Starbucks staff purposely use bizarre spellings to give the chain free advertising when customers post pictures of the 'mistake' on social media.

But TikTok user Ashleywilkins28 claims she found a very different message penned on her order in black felt tip pen during a recent visit.

She uploaded a video, which has been viewed more than 1.5 million times, captioned: "New level of pick up line!" as she films the cup saying: "Well this happened today."

Ashley said it had happened while she was in the coffee shop with her husband
(Image: ashleywilkins28/TIKTOK)

It appears the member of staff had used the warning text on the bottom of the cup to send a message
(Image: ashleywilkins28/TIKTOK)

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At the top of the cup she says a barista had written 'secrete message' with an arrow drawn down to the bottom where the company's warning message is printed.

The pen had been used to block out certain words in the text which usually reads 'careful, the beverage you're about to enjoy is extremely hot' to simply leave: 'Careful, you're extremely hot'.

After many viewers pointed out the member of staff had accidentally written 'secrete' instead of secret, Ashley said: "I didn't even realise it was spelled wrong cause I was just (mind-blown emoji)."

It's not the first time a customer has claimed Starbucks staff have made strategic use of the warning text to flirt with customers, after a dad accused a barista of leaving the same "inappropriate message" on his daughter's cup.

But Ashley seems to have seen the funny side of the brave move, responding to a comment which said: "Starbucks Steve is smooth" to say: "Yeah he is!" and calling the chat-up line "very clever".

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like romance is on the cards though, as one person commented to say: "All that precision drawing and effort is awesome! He does deserve a date if you're single."

Only for Ashley to reply and say: "I'm actually married, funny part is my husband was there with me."

And another simply said: "Best resourceful pick up line EVEERR."

Starbucks has been contacted for comment.

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