When it comes to picking a baby name, there's a lot of pressure. Everyone wants to pick the right one, but sometimes you just get stuck and can't come to a decision. That's just where Jennifer James, 25, and Mark Dixon, 24, were when they turned to Starbucks for help. Yes, Starbucks.
They were torn between two names for their son who is due in September -- Jackson or Logan. Then one day, the couple, who are regulars at their Starbucks in New Haven, Connecticut, found inspiration on how to reach a decision. They wouldn't -- they'd let the other customers decide, in the same way customers vote for employee of the month.
So, according to the New Haven Register, they set up a to-go cup decorated with little hands and feet on the counter with a little sign next to it that read: "Help us choose our son's (first) name, Jackson or Logan."
And the votes started pouring in via little slips of paper. Not everyone stuck to the two choices given, some wrote "neither," while others offered suggestions including Obama, Jebediah, and Lincoln. In all, they received about 1,800 votes before they came to their decision.
And the winner? Logan came out slightly ahead in the voting, but both are winners in the end as he will be named Logan Jackson. The couple says they're saving the voting slips for his baby book and think it's going to be a great story to share with their son someday.
So what do you think -- brilliant or a weirdly impersonal way to decide something as important as a name? I'm pretty much on the side of why not? Sometimes you need input from other people to make a decision, and if you're a Starbucks regular, then why not turn to people you interact with on an everyday basis for input? I see no shame in it. It's certainly better than making a decision in a vacuum and then coming to regret it ... or naming your baby Venti Latte.
Would you ever let strangers name your baby?
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