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Local tea drinker Alice Maynard went to the coffee chain Starbucks on Thursday afternoon for a cup of chai tea. She entered the shop to have a relaxing talk with friends, but left having suffered the injustice of a burnt tongue.
"I left my tea to cool down with the top off for a few minutes before I drank any of it," claimed Maynard. "The coffee shop heats the water to a much higher temperature than my microwave does. I thought a couple of minutes would be enough doe it to cool off, but I guess it wasn't."
It was awful, said friend Nadia Dubois, who was present at the time of the incident.
"She was sitting there blowing into her cup for so long, you'd swear it was ice cold. She took a sip, let out a little yelp, and hung out her tongue like a panting dog. She looked like she was in a world of pain for those first few seconds. All I have to say is, thank goodness I only drink iced coffee."
Tea expert Carl Fraser understood the frustration felt by Ms. Maynard.1 "I love the subtle hints of cinnamon and ginger present in chai tea," said Mr. Fraser. "The flavors can be difficult to detect due to the use of a cheap brand, inadequate steeping, or, as in Ms. Maynards case, a burnt tongue. It's a shame that a cup full of such a fine specimen of India's exports was wasted on a tongue too sandpapery to appreciate its excellence."
The victim, too, was upset about her inability to enjoy her purchase.
"I couldn't feel my tongue for at least half an hour, let alone taste anything," reported Maynard. "The tea, my cheesecake, even the mints I stole from the display... all worthless!"
Starbucks refuses to answer any questions, but released a written statement to the press.
"It is standard procedure to tell our customers to let their tea steep for about five minutes, which is what the barista said to Ms. Maynard," Joanie Heiser, the establishment's manager, wrote in the statement. "We never imply that the drink will be cool enough to sip at that point. Ms. Maynard should have let it cool down longer before attempting to drink it."
Maynard plans to file suit against the chain for her $4.95 plus tax, the temporary loss of function of her tongue, as well as intense emotional pain and suffering.