Computer outage hits some Starbucks stores in Austin, elsewhere in Texas

If your coffee-crazed coworkers are a little cranky today, cut them some slack.

A computer meltdown meant many Starbucks locations nationwide – including some in Austin and surrounding areas – weren’t able to process orders for frappuccinos, caramel macchiatos and other fancy coffee drinks.

The company has yet to explain what exactly happened.

On Twitter, an American-Statesman reader said the Starbucks in The Parke shopping center in Cedar Park was offering free brewed coffee to disappointed customers who pulled up. Nothing else was available.

Free coffee and tea were also being handed out at two Starbucks locations in San Antonio’s Medical Center, according to another Twitter post from Barbara Mohs.

If you happen to stop in and grab a free cup of joe, Mohs has a bit of advice for you: “Tip well. Employees losing a day of tips.”

Author: Gary Dinges

Gary Dinges covers bars/restaurants, movies, music, radio and TV -- plus a bunch of other fun stuff -- for the Austin American-Statesman.

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