I got a laowai (老外) cup

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I usually go for a cup of coffee after lunch at Secret Recipe near Zhang Jiang subway station before heading back to the office. Still, given that Secret Recipe was crowded on that day (January 31), I decided to go for a coffee at Starbucks.

So far, this does not look unusual to the reader,, but here is the kicker: after having ordered a café latte (in Chinese) and went to sit to drink it, I noticed Chinese writing on the cup saying 老外 (meaning foreigner in Chinese).

The photo below is proof:

Laowai cup Starbucks

I ordered coffee before at Starbucks, but this is the first time I noticed writing on a cup. It makes me wonder if it is a new directive? 😀