The Name’s Bethany

006I can’t be the only one who hates giving my name when I order coffee.

They never get it right.  I get Annette, Lynnette, Natalie and even, once, Nanook.  (What am I–a sled dog???)

To simplify things, I started saying I’m Bethany.  Everyone can spell it.

It’s no big deal…until one morning a barista with a good memory greets me:  “Hey, Bethany!  How’s it going?”

“Good,” I say, feeling awkward.  “Can I get a–”

“Grande nonfat latte,” she finishes with a smile.  “Anything else, Bethany?”

Clearly I’m committed to being Bethany at the local Starbucks.

Surely it’s not TOO weird to have a coffee alias.  I mean, other than criminals on the lam, I can’t be the first person to give the barista a fake name.

It’s all good…

…until I get my latte and see they’ve taken it upon themselves to shorten my name to Beth!

I don’t go by Beth.  How dare some barista change my name like that!

I’m about to set her straight about using my “real” made up name when I realize how odd this situation is becoming.

Sigh–just call me Beth.

19 thoughts on “The Name’s Bethany

  1. I can sooooo totally relate to this!!
    On occasion I have to call medical insurances to check benefits and when I do I have to say my name …… well Jolene gets twisted to Jaqueline, Josie, Karen, Joanie, Laura. I’ve since agreed to whatever name they heard. Sometimes I get “ohhh Have you ever heard that song by Dolly Parton” instantly praying that they don’t sing a few bars which, they do.
    But the worst has to be when people shorten my name to Jo. Only a select few can get away with calling me Jo. Hahaha

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    1. I’ve gotten called Nan a couple of times, and I agree–it’s the worst. Shortening someone’s name without their permission is taking a huge liberty. Maybe that’s why Beth bugged me so much. The name’s Bethany, dammit!!! 🙂


  2. Similar problem to Jolene’s, with a name like Maureen I have seen some way out spellings, (I won’t list them here but the permutations never fail to amuse me.) I have tried shortening it to Mo, for their convenience. I can’t even tell you how many people stick an ‘E’ at the end….’What am I a Stooge?’ We all feel the pain…Bethany, or Nanette or whatever your name is. 🙂

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  3. Verbally, I have two first names, not to mention that William gets converted to everything between Bill and Willie. Given how busy a Starbucks usually is, I can understand why they shorten your name to Beth 🙂

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  4. I have an unusual name and I don’t like hearing it called loudly in a public place. This has nothing to do with my criminal past. While I am (most days) clearly female, I will give my name as “Doug” or “Mark” or “Steve.” Sometimes they laugh and call out my drink by what it is “Grande Hot Chocolate with whole milk” and sometimes they will call out “Steve.” Either way…works for me.

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