15 Minutes Late With Starbucks

15 Minutes Late With Starbucks

Updated Aug 27, 2013 at 07:40AM EDT by Brad.

Added Mar 06, 2013 at 07:17PM EST by Don.

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15 Minutes Late With Starbucks is an expression used to mock someone who shows up late to a meeting or event because he or she appears to have stopped for coffee on the way.


On September 3rd, 2012, Twitter user emre published a tweet which claimed that pop singer Taylor Swift looked like someone who would show up late to class with Starbucks. Within the next six months, the tweet received over 1,000 retweets and 700 favorites.


On January 30th, 2013, Tumblr[2] user cristaly posted an illustration of the Homestuck character Jade Harley holding a Starbucks cup (shown below) with the caption “Enters the Medium 15 minutes late with Starbucks.” Within five weeks, the post received over 3,000 notes.

On February 6th, Tumblr[7] user s0cksy posted a joke about a baby born late with Starbucks, which accumulated upwards of 40,000 notes within the next month.

sOcksy。 a baby is born 15 minutes late holding starbucks "it's a white girl" the doctor says #idk what I'm doing #sorry #text post 40,911

On February 17th, Redditor koobaxion submitted a post to the /r/homestuck[1] subreddit featuring a screenshot of a Tumblr post with the Homestuck character John Egbert carrying Starbucks coffee (shown below). Within 17 days, the post gained more than 160 up votes and 10 comments.

silvertheassbutt hungoverjake 56 John: *Arrives 15 minutes late with Starbucks Source: mischeaveous-and ameratese goatpoots。 6,739 Source: cristaly

On February 20th, Homestuck[3] released an update in which the character John appears 15 pages after the intermission begins with a Starbucks cup on the table next to him (shown below). The same day, the panel was cited in the Homestuck memes TV Tropes page.[4]

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Many Tumblr[6] and DeviantArt[5] users have submitted fan art illustrations inspired by the meme, often featuring fictional characters from films, television shows and video games.

Harbucks Wow, Sorry 0 late 10
So uh iss? *turns up to the apocalypse 15 minutes late with starbucks What I miss? TOKIDOKILOKITUMBLR.COM

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