Starbucks customer yelled at for ordering ‘medicine ball’

A Starbucks customer claims she was “insulted” by a barista after ordering a drink using his TikTok nickname (“the medicine ball”) as opposed to his real name.

In a viral TikTok video, user Liyah (@liyahxtt) sits in her car after getting her Starbucks drink. The med ball drink sits in her car’s cup holder while she records.

@liyahxtt I’m sick and I know why everyone is yelling at me 🫠 #medicineball ♬ Original sound – 🤍liyah🤍

But her short video comes with a commercial for Starbucks fans. “Whatever you do, don’t ask for a ‘medicine ball’ at Starbucks or you’ll be called names,” says Liyah. “Apparently order a honey citrus mint tea.”

In the video’s caption, Liyah doubled down on her poor interaction with the anonymous barista. “I’m sick and I don’t know why everyone is yelling at me,” she wrote. Her video has amassed over 927,000 views as of Friday.

The video does not reveal which Starbucks location Liyah visited. She also doesn’t tell viewers what the barista allegedly said to her after she ordered her drink.

The “medicine ball” drink is popular on TikTok, with various users claiming that it can help relieve cold and flu symptoms like a cough, sore throat, or constipation.

Nutritionists also rave about the benefits of the drink. But since the TikTok name for the drink has become so commonplace, many commenters said they’ve never had a negative experience ordering the tea this way.

“I always order a medicine ball and have never been corrected,” read one comment. “I’m sorry that happened to you.”

“I say medicine ball all the time,” writes a second user. “They must have felt extra comfortable that day.”

However, an alleged Starbucks barista commented that the worker was probably upset because some customers mistook the name to mean that the drink itself actually contained medicine.

“We get in trouble for calling it that,” she wrote. “The reason is [because] it contains no medicine. It’s just steamed lemonade. … I know why they were mean.”

“They started being stricter about the name because people thought it had real medicine in it,” said a fourth commenter.

The Daily Dot reached out to Liyah via TikTok comment and Starbucks via email.


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*Initial publication: December 2, 2022 7:58 am CST

Alexandra Samuel

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