Eugene Cho

starbucks barista donates organ to customer

“Umm, I’ll take a tall double shot non-fat hazelnut latte with a kidney, please.”

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An incredible story in the Seattle PI about a Starbucks barista, Sandie Andersen, who donated her kidney [procedure took place March 11] to one of the regular customers, Annamarie Ausnes, after learning that her kidney was deteriorating. 

Annamarie Ausnes had been visiting her local Starbucks for coffee and small talk with the barista for three years. During their conversations, they talked about almost everything, but Ausnes never once mentioned her failing health.

Ausnes, 55, who works at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, has known about her polycystic kidney disease for nearly 20 years…When her health suddenly began to decline and her kidneys were functioning at only 15 percent, she knew she needed a transplant.  Had her kidney function deteriorated to 12 percent, she would have faced painful dialysis treatments and possible death. Her only option was a transplant. Her husband and son weren’t matches. She was facing a long wait on a transplant list.

One day last fall, she mentioned to Sandie Andersen — the barista she casually knew through her morning caffeine runs — that her kidneys were shutting down. Andersen, 51, didn’t hesitate. She had a blood test to see if she matched her customer. She did. [read full story]

Here’s the NY Times version of the story.  It doesn’t state specifically that Sandie Anderson is a Christian but it’s fairly evident that she is:

Ms. Andersen, who has done missionary work in Mexico and helped dig mud out of houses in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, said this latest gesture should not be viewed as unusually magnanimous. People should give freely of themselves, she said, and they do more often than is noticed.

I don’t care who makes the best espresso in the world.  Sandie Anderson deserves the title of “Best Barista.”  And a generous tip for sure. 

Wow. I’m simply amazed by this selfless act – it is a story of BEAUTY. 

I don’t know why I want to say this but I will anyway… 

Ms. Sandie Anderson:

Thank you.

If you were ordering a drink from her, what would you say [besides your order]?

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5 Responses

  1. Janet says:

    One word:

    Amazing.

  2. Chad says:

    you know what scares me? corporate is going to shove this down all our throats “look what she did! you should all be so dedicated to your customers” etc.
    oh yeah, i work for the evil coffee empire (aka starbucks)

  3. Jerry says:

    Looks like that 3 hour Starbucks closure for training really worked!

  4. selmerakt says:

    Wow, that’s pretty amazing…

  5. Geoff says:

    Nah I work for a store that sells starbucks drinks. We won’t hear a thing about it, the most we’ll hear is that we need to upsell in creative ways.

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