New Haven, CT – A couple couldn’t decide between two names for their soon-to-be-born baby boy, and ultimately turned to Starbucks customers for help. Whether that’s a sign of ingenuity or desperation, we’ll leave to you.
Jennifer James, 25, and Mark Dixon, 24, are having a baby boy in September, but have been stuck between Jackson and Logan for months. The couple are regulars at a Starbucks in New Haven, visiting almost daily, and know the baristas and some customers by name.
Inspired by the store’s employee of the month system, for which the customers vote a special employee as such, the couple started asking for written slips from customers and employees with their suggestions for what their baby’s name should be.
The couple did note that not everyone took the contest seriously. “We’ve gotten Obama, Jebediah, Lincoln. Someone put (a) write-in, Webster,” said James.
They collected and counted the ballots every few days, and between Jackson and Logan, Logan was the clear winner.
The couple estimates that they have collected about 1,800 votes, not counting duplicates. Logan led by about 400 or 500, according to Dixon.
So they’ve settled on a compromise: Logan Jackson.
The couple has since decided to save the voting slips, as well as local news articles about the Starbucks voting contest for a baby scrap book.
“He’s going to love it. We’ll tell him we read the paper every day, everything that we see we cut out for him. We’re saving the paper of things that happened leading up to his birth, and now he’ll be a part of that,” Dixon said.
Though they didn’t really agree on a baby’s name, both are excited to become parents. “I can’t wait, she’s going to be a really great mother,” Dixon said.
Would you leave your baby’s name to Starbucks customers?
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