Starbucks: Sorry About '666' in Coffee Foam
Barista also drew what may have been a pentagram
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2014 7:33 AM CDT
In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, file photo, cups of Starbucks coffee drinks sit on a counter at a Starbucks store, in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

(Newser) – It's nice when your creative Starbucks barista draws something in your coffee foam ... unless, of course, that "something" is a pair of Satanic symbols. Megan Pinion, a Louisiana schoolteacher, was scandalized Sunday when she saw the two coffee drinks she had bought at a Mall of Louisiana Starbucks: One had what could be a pentagram drawn in the foam (though she conceded it is "almost OK" because Starbucks has a star in its logo); the other had the number "666." Pinion promptly posted a picture to Starbuck's Facebook page; it was liked and shared by thousands, and now Starbucks has apologized, the Daily Advertiser reports.

"We’re taking the complaint seriously," says a rep."We're not sure who served her or what kind of beverage it was. It looks kind of caramel-ish in the photos." In her Facebook complaint, Pinion wrote of the barista (whose name she didn't get because she was too "appalled" to look at him): "I am in no way judging his beliefs or dis-meriting his beautiful artwork, I am however judging his lack of professionalism and respect for others." Starbucks won't say whether the employee will be disciplined, the Huffington Post reports. (In other unusual Starbucks news, one of the company's reusable cups led to an arrest last month.)

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David Henry Parry
Jul 22, 2014 9:48 AM CDT
The Book of Revelations in your bible has never really referred to a 'number', it was always symbolic in the text, hence the half dozen or so confusing and contradictory versions floating around since antiquity. The 'symbol' was a drawn series of symbols similar to some Greek letters forming the core prediction made by the original writer and mistranslated by those who copied this text down the ages. It is today thought to represent the muslim Arabic script for 'allah is great'. This would explain both its true meaning and the confusion that has accompanied this 'revelation' in the text since it was written. 666 (or indeed 667, 616... or 42...pick a number!) is nothing special nor even relevant to the discourse.
Andrew Arrowsmith
Apr 3, 2014 9:31 AM CDT
OK here are some facts. As some other people have noted '666' is an error. There is nothing Satanic or anti - anything about it, it's just a number. Next, anybody who imagines a pentagram is in some way Satanic is spectacularly ignorant. It has been a symbol of power for good and (in its pentacle form) of protection for many thousands of years. It thus existed eons before the Council of Nicea cobbled Christianity together from a number of dubious sources so that Rome could have a new state religion. Just saying...
doubting_rich
Apr 3, 2014 2:40 AM CDT
Get your theology right. 666 was a mistaken translation, the number of the beast is 616 in the original text. 666 is just a representation of Iron Maiden.