World Record: Native Mom Obtains 786 Extra Napkins In Starbucks Drive-Thru
On Thursday, Native American woman Rainy Tompkins made history — successfully requesting an extra 786 napkins at the Starbucks drive-thru in Crescent City, California. In doing so, she shattered a world record previously thought unbreakable.
“When I first heard the reports, I didn’t believe it. There was just no way,” explained Vin Smith, the Executive Director at the National Institute of Drive-Thrus (NIDT).
“But then I found security footage, and what I saw astonished me.”
Smith watched as Tompkins skillfully deployed compliments, good humor, and faux-helplessness to coax the Starbucks manager at the window to hand over nearly two dozen stacks of napkins.
“What Tompkins accomplished was nothing short of miraculous. A performance that confounds our current understanding of mankind’s mental and physical potential. It will be celebrated for years to come as one of the greatest achievements in contemporary drive-thru history.”
Tompkins has become the latest in a high-profile legacy of Native American napkin-obtainers. The previous high of 315 napkins was set by fellow Native woman Mandy Good Bear in 1987 at a Del Taco in Encinitas. Her 315 has long stood as an unsurpassable marker — an aspirational figure for young Native Americans to set their sights on. But no one expected it to ever be beaten.
When reached for comment, Tompkins graciously explained: “I just like to have napkins on hand. Sometimes there are spills, or maybe I need to spit my gum out. Sometimes you want extra napkins to shove into people’s mouths during arguments.”
“And by the way, my Pike’s Place that day tasted burnt. I am never going back to that Starbucks. Disrespectful.”