Showing off the iPhone in front of thousands of Apple fans, Jobs called Starbucks to order the coffees “to go”, but quickly informed the Starbucks employee “No, just kidding. Wrong number. Goodbye” before swiftly ending the call.
The stunt left those watching in laughter but the poor lady who answered the phone – in an interview with Fast Company – confirmed orders for 4000 lattes has continued for six years.
“With help from Starbucks, Fast Company was able to track down Zhang, a soft-spoken barista who goes by ‘Hannah’. Sincere and sweet, Hannah has been working at the same Starbucks for more than a half-decade. “Honestly, I was shocked,” she recalls. “I have never heard somebody order 4000 lattes to go. I didn’t say anything because I was shocked. But my first impression was that he was just being humorous. He sounded like a gentleman.”
Hannah, who learned afterwards who she had spoken to on the phone, told Fast Company it would have taken her 48 hours to fulfil Jobs order, at 44 seconds per coffee.
You can watch the moment in the video below at the five-minute mark.