Money Over Human Life


My letter to Starbucks:


I am very upset that I cannot get a sugar-free, skinny drink when I order one. It appears that Starbucks employees feel that customers who order sugar-free, skinny drinks are only doing so because they are watching their weight. This is NOT the case for me. I have had gastric bypass surgery. This means that sugar is very hard on my system resulting in abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, weakness, and sweating after eating or drinking foods high in sugar. This is known as “dumping”.

I cannot tell immediately if my Starbucks drink was made sugar-free or not. I realize the error when I start feeling weak and dizzy. It usually takes 20 to 30 minutes for the “dumping effects” to appear. By that time, I am in no condition to contact the store and tell them of their error.

The most severe reaction affects my body the same way as drinking too much alcohol would. In other words, I can “pass out” from the sugar in the drink. This can occur while I am driving a car, walking through Wal-Mart, or bathing the child I am babysitting. This means not only have the Starbucks employees placed my life in danger but they have places many others also in danger.

The store here in Rock Springs does not inform you when you order a drink that they cannot make it sugar-free. I am not the only local person who has ordered a sugar-free, skinny café mocha and been given a regular drink. Why you do not carry sugar-free chocolate for mochas is beyond me. I just know that I cannot support your business here in Rock Springs, Wyoming nor can I recommend it to others. By the actions of this store, it appears the Starbucks values money over human life. Well, my life is worth more than a few dollars in Starbucks’ pockets.

sourpuss sourpuss
41-45, F
3 Responses Apr 8, 2007

I'm not unsympathectic but heres the deal... if sugar truely makes you that ill then perhaps you should lay off eating and drinking crap from places like Starbucks. I have some food allergies and dont haul myself to places that specialize in the items I'm allergic to. It's very easy to avoid. Besides as a former food worker I can tell you that everyone gets tired of people and their special BS, if you cant take the regular stuff go home. And why should Starbucks in RS have specail stuff for the 2 or 3 peopelthat might want it, that makes no sense money wise for them at all.

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