Free Starbucks for life is within your reach, you just have to have the following:
1. No shame 2. $365
The customer first purchased 365 separate Starbucks cards, and when the Starbucks app working in conjunction with the cards asked his birthday, he assigned a different day of the year to each card.
He purchased 365 Starbucks cards and registered every one of them online with a different birthday so that he gets a 'free birthday drink' EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. Even though I know exactly how he 'beat the system' there, he pretends that his app is just malfunctioning and it magically gives him the same free birthday drink every day.
The barista insisted he wouldn't mind the scam as much if the customer in question wasn't outrageously difficult, requesting to mark his own order on the Starbucks cups.
I reluctantly give him the cup and marker. He draws lines and arrows and writes all over the cup while telling me: 'Two pumps of white mocha here, then add five pumps of vanilla. That should take us to this line here where you're gonna add cold heavy cream up to this ridge here...it should be halfway between this line and this line. Make sure to add the heavy whipping cream before the espresso, it changes the taste if you do it out of order. Then add your four shots, three regular and one long shot. That long shot is important, since you guys reformulated your machines, it's been Hell trying to get my drink right. That long shot helps balance it. Then stir it for me, Mister Brad. Now do me a favor and add ice to the top there and it'll be easy as pie.'
Skin crawling as this first-hand account sounds, Cosmopolitan estimates the scam saves this customer a bare minimum of $450 annually.
If you don't mind being hated by your barista with a completely justified, white-hot rage, it's time to stock up on those gift cards.