A family member recently sent me a story by email, “The Sparrow at Starbucks,” or “The song that silenced the cappuccino machine.” It’s written so touchingly, so smoothly, that I began to suspect it is fiction, so I went looking for verification.
Snopes.com doesn’t list it. TruthorFiction.com says it’s true, but for “proof” offers only the claim that it was published in a Christian magazine and mentions the author. Its links to both pieces of “evidence” are broken.
Ostensibly, the tale took place at a Starbucks in Manhattan, at 51st Street and Broadway. However, there is no Starbucks at that location. Die-hard believers might argue, “Well maybe there once was,” so I’m asking if any of you ever saw a Starbucks at that location. (And I’m checking with Starbucks.)
Here’s TruthorFiction’s version of the tale, if you’re interested.