Starbucks Ireland asks customers why they’re proud to be British

5 Jun 2012

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A tweet by Starbucks Ireland asking its followers to show what makes them proud to be British has left Irish followers scratching their heads – and composing a few tweets themselves.

“Happy hour is on! Show us what makes you proud to be British for a chance to win. Don’t forget to tag #MyFrappuccino” reads the tweet from Starbucks Ireland on Twitter.

Celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee – the 60th anniversary of her being the reigning monarch of the UK and the Commonwealth – have been taking place across the UK since Friday and wrap up today.

On Twitter today, replies to the Starbucks Ireland tweet include:

“Here in Ireland as an Irish person responding to an Irish Starbucks account am proud to be Irish but not of you.”

“I hear the British Starbucks twitter has just asked people to tweet them if they’re proud to be Gary Glitter.”

“Someone needs to clue the corporate overlords at Starbucks Ireland into some key facts about Ireland.”

“Starbucks Ireland mistakenly think that Ireland has gotten over itself.”

“I think Starbucks Ireland forgot all about Irish independence.”

Less than an hour after that tweet was posted, Starbucks Ireland was trending in Ireland on Twitter.

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Update: 18:00: Starbucks Ireland has since tweeted this apology:

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Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic