A Scalding Starbucks story

I learned something last week.  Starbucks has burn cream in their first aid kit. Now that makes sense when you think about it as they are dealing with very hot beverages most of the day.

Scalding water is pulled from a tap when you order a cup of tea.  I don't get the coffee because it tastes a bit burnt to me but I do like the English Breakfast tea.  Oh, the bagels are quite good as well.  We go there for a cheap breakfast and the screaming fast internet connections.  Nothing but a slow old Mi-Fi at home so when you need to do a backup on your phone or tablet, download an app or books....this is where you can get it done pronto.

Anyway....the burn cream.  They hand off the beverages with a secure lid as the tea steeps away inside the cup.  After I pried my lid off to add a sugar I decided it would be okay to throw caution to the wind and walk my full cup back a scant 9 feet to our table.

The liquid starts to slosh upwards toward the rim and gains enough momentum to arc back toward the opposite side of the cup. I watch in horror as I'm almost to the table. Almost but didn't quite make it as lava hot tea starts cascading across my left hand.  And on the floor.  But I saved the electronics on the table (and probably my husband) by hanging on to the cup.  It would have been so much worse had I dropped it at the table.

One of the baristas noticed and immediately brought me burn cream after I'd returned from soaking my hand in cold water in the ladies room.  That saved me from blistering, I'm sure of it, but it surely did hurt and remained tender a few days.  So, the lesson is secure the lid on a hot beverage before walking.  And remember to ask for a burn salve if this ever happens to you.  I hope it doesn't.

Shout out to Kevin and Saaed for your assistance!


6 comments:

Vicki said...

Ouch! Glad they had burn cream handy, it could have been a lot worse if they hadn't. Thanks for sharing that info!

Tina said...

Thanks, Vicki. And remember to leave a lid on when transporting a hot beverage. Lesson learned!

Katherine P said...

I had no idea they had burn cream! I h ad a barista push a cup of coffee with no lid into my hand which of course spilled on my hand and left quite a burn. She just stared at me after it happened which was a bit annoying. Luckily I was volunteering at the school so I threw myself on the mercy of the school nurse and she got me patched up! Glad they were able to help you so quickly and you didn't blister AND managed to save the electronics!

Tina said...

Thanks, Katherine. Saving the electronic devices and my husband was absoltely first!! We mostly go for the fast Wi-Fi connections. But the bagels are great 😊

Mae Travels said...

So good that you were saved from blistering. Burns can be so painful! Have a great Christmas...

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Tina said...

Thank you, Mae. I hope you and yours have a good holiday!

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