How I Solved Starbucks’ Little Red Cup Scandal

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Doodling on holiday Starbucks cups - make your own cool cup!Have you heard that lots of people are completely pissed off at Starbucks for their plain red cups this holiday season? Do you care? I didn’t until I realized just how vehemently opposed to these cups some people are.

Then my brain took me on a little winding journey through thoughts of disbelief, judgment, annoyance, and finally just to wonderment. What makes people react SO STRONGLY to a cup? I had to think about it for a while.

Obviously it’s much more than a cup. Starbucks is a huge brand, and when as many people use/consume a brand like Starbucks, they will feel some ownership of that brand.

So this plain red cup has hit a major hot button in that it is not fancy and Christmasy enough for the folks.

My favorite reaction to this rage was Ellen Degeneres’ monologue on the topic:

My solution? Grab your damn Sharpies and white Gelly pens and draw your own Christmas items ALL. OVER. YOUR. CUP. Booyah. Sorry about the booyah. Pow!

Doodling on holiday Starbucks cups - make your own cool cup!

Doodling on holiday Starbucks cups - make your own cool cup!

Doodling on holiday Starbucks cups - make your own cool cup!

Hungry for more Starbucks? Head over to my Lifewhack post on how to behave in a Starbucks store. I just crack myself up.




  1. 11/11/2015 / 9:18 pm

    Love this idea!!!
    Going tomorrow to get my own red cup to decorate.

    • 11/15/2015 / 8:14 pm

      I hope ya did it! The best part is that I always drink iced teas, so I had to ask for a couple of hot cups from them just to draw on…

  2. 11/12/2015 / 7:15 am

    How are you not famous yet?
    Starbucks should hire you to sit in their stores and do this all of the holiday season.

    • 11/15/2015 / 8:13 pm

      I’m famous in my own head. I have to hide from the throngs at fans at Starbucks when I’m there, but they’re just relentless. Or maybe they’re just there for the coffee.

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