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Caramel Macchiato Built Upside Down, Hold the Rainwater

Ceiling Panels Fall Down on VIP Guests at Inauguration of Bali’s Newest Starbucks Cafe

In the middle of a disastrous day, it’s probably best to grab a cup of coffee.

Or is it?

Baliberkarya.com reports that a gala grand opening of the new Starbucks Dewata Coffee Shop located in Jalan Sunset Road No. 77 in Kuta Bali was planned for Saturday afternoon, January 12, 2019.

The inauguration of the newest Starbucks among some 30,000 worldwide was intended to be the grandest of affairs. Occupying a 3,500 square meter site in Bali’s busy restaurant-shopping-nightlife Mecca of Kuta, an impressive lift of VIPs had been invited to join the festivities. The guest list included The Minister of Communications and Information, Rudiantara; The Minister for Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration, Eko Putro Sanjoyo; and the expert staff of The Minister of Tourism, Professor Dr I Gde Pitana Brahmanananda. Also on hand were the CEO of Starbucks, Kevin Johnson and Anthony Cottan as the Director of Starbucks Indonesia.

The plan for the afternoon was proceeding smoothly, the official inauguration and a press conference were completed when heavy rains accompanied by strong winds hit the area. It was then that the “water tight plans” for a successful grand opening became anything but that when soggy ceiling panels measuring 10 x 3 meters began to fall inside the life-style coffee complex.

One of the organizers of the event, Raihan, said: “We were just handing out goodie bags to the media and guests, when a piece of ceiling hit my body.” Meanwhile, a security guard commented, “I had already reported water pouring from the lamp fixtures.”

No injuries were reported in connection with the incident.

Baliberkarya.com says the falling ceiling panels caused some panic among the invitees that included Cabinet Ministers, many foreign nationals and ranking management members of the Starbucks Organization.

While employees worked to clean up the mess, many Balinese guests who tend to see a spiritual hand in all things, shook their heads, hoping the calamity in which no one was injured did not portend further difficulties ahead for the Starbuck’s Outlet.

Coffee?

Make mine a Caramel Macchiato built upside down, hold the rainwater.

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