How One Man Figured Out to Get a Free Starbucks Drink Every Day


It’s a great day when you stumble across free food. You walk into 7-eleven without realizing it’s July 11th, and Bamb! You get a free slurpee. Or what about the first day it gets cold. You put on your jacket, and you find a twenty in your pocket. Awesome. 

But this guy, who will remain nameless, didn’t stumble on something free. He figured out how to game Starbuck’s system so he could get a free drink every day.

Starbucks Birthday Reward

It’s simple: Starbucks gives out a free drink on your birthday. All you need to do is buy a Starbucks card. Once you get your card, register your birthday. When the day comes…sweet! Free drink.

For most people, that’s enough. I know you’d like to get more (wouldn’t we all?), but there’s no way to do it, right?

Gaming The System

Well, our nameless guy figured out how to game that system. He figured that you can get a free drink on your birthday with one card. Why not try to get a free drink every day?

That’s what he did. He bought 365 Starbucks cards, one for each day of the year. Then, he registered each card with a different birthday. So, his app sends him a free drink every single day. Simple, right? 

All of this comes to us courtesy of Brad Halsey, the Starbucks barista who witnessed the event. He tells his crazy story at Kitchenette. He tells us that the crazy guy also orders a crazy drink:

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. I’m not picky so don’t worry about shaking it or anything like that.”

Can you imagine?

Well, don’t be like him. He might get a free drink every day, but he isn’t doing the right thing. Business insider tells us that this might even be considered fraud.



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