Starbucks Barista Fired for Bashing Our Lattes (VIDEO)

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starbucks employee videoSometimes you see something cute on YouTube and think, "Hey, that kid's got a real chance of making it," and other times you hope someone on the world wide web takes that young whippersnapper to task. One Starbucks barista actually did get taken down a notch after telling most of us who enjoy the chain's fine hot (and cold) beverages exactly what he thought of us -- in song.

Warning: If you enjoy frappuccinos, caramel macchiatos, or skinny vanilla lattes, prepare to be made fun of for your choice in caffeine and/or sugar.

Here's why I'm on the irritated side of this diddy, rather than the "Aww, isn't he cute!" team. He insulted my drink, and me. I love me a skinny vanilla latte, and I am not afraid of order it. I go skinny because I figure I'll eat a cupcake later that day. Sound logic, I know. I couldn't help but feel like maybe I knew this guy, and then even more paranoid -- perhaps he's talking about me.

I'm not rich, although I do often pop into Starbucks located in neighborhoods where that assumption could be made. I am white, and while I don't *think* I'm fat, I could stand to lose a few. And a 20-something with a warped sense of women would probably think I was. Which is why when I watched this, I honestly thought this guy had served me a skinny vanilla latte one day. Turns out he's a little bit farther away from my local coffee hangs, but clearly all of us "rich, white, women" in Southern California like the same thing.

Also, whining about serving coffee isn't clever, it's just showing your age. Listen kid, we were all 16 to 25 once. Working in the service industry is hard, we get it. But this is what you do until you have enough education and experience to get a job in your chosen field, which very well may be making coffee for rich people. We all did it, and we complained. Ohhh, we complained. But it's a rite of passage, and you shouldn't blame the people who are giving you their money for keeping you in ramen noodles. Check that. You can blame them, but don't do it in public where you can then get fired, which is what happened when you decided that Latinos and caramel macchiatos make great bedfellows.

Take it from me, a 20-year-old know-it-all who made crazy anti-management posters and hung them outside the record store she worked for in the middle of the night. That's right, I complained about working at a record store. You don't want that recorded for posterity, and now it's totally viral and you're the whiny Starbucks employee. Excuse me, former employee.

I have to stop the old rich white lady lecture now because I've got to go pick up my decaf skinny vanilla latte. Grande, of course.

Do you think this song and rant are funny?


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.LoVe... .LoVeMyBuG.

Sorry but I thought it was kind of funny. I admit at times I am that @ss hole customer but when you pay $5.00 for a 12oz drink you better make it right. And I was also a barista a few years back, I miss it at times, I wish I could still make my own freaking latte! 


 


 

missn... missnickia

Rotflmao wait wait I got to watch that again.

vicki... vicki77433

It's funny.  As a former waitress/bartender I can totally empathize with what it is saying.  Seriously folks, it's just coffee. 


I probably would have fired him as well, though.  You can bitch about work.  I know I did.  You just can't do it where your customers can hear you.

amyca... amycal420

Bahahahaha that was hilarious! Thanku that made me laugh!

Jen Randall

I manage a Starbucks location and I found this hilarious.  Every job has its downside.  I love my job.  A lot.


But, from one skinny latte chick to another, stereotyping is human nature.  You yourself can not honestly say you don't judge others and assume things within the first moments of meeting someone.  Every person on Earth does it.  If we baristas can glean a scrap of humor from stereotyping people by their drinks, who are you to say that's a terrible thing to do?  This guy made the mistake of taking it public when it should have stayed in his store.


BTW, Latinos love caramel FRAPPUCCINO's, not the macchiato.

Cheyenne Bythewood

He is right though. I was a Starbucks Barista, never was I happier than the day I left! Though I miss my gals there.

momav... momavanessa

I used to be a Starbucks Barista so I have heard all this before!! LOL The worst was all the freaking high school kids who would come during they're lunch and all order different fraps but after they pay and wait at the other end would ask for extra caramel on top!! Hey it is extra!!

momav... momavanessa

Oh and Jen your right! As a Latino that is all I ever ordered until I worked there! Now I like the ice teas and that is it! Maybe an occasional holiday latte.

Laura Scarborough

have to admit that I did laugh and I did find it funny...probably because two of my children did work as baristas at Starbucks and were roayally abused by quite a number of their customers...sometimes witnessed by me as I was coming in for my decaf iced coffee which they always labeled with "Mommy Dearest".


You are correct, most of us have been there in our youth. Some of us had no choice but to return to such thankless jobs in spite of our education and degrees thanks to the recession...my darling husband is one of them. Funny, but he takes the same asshole shit from customers as the young twenty-something baristas.


I think the biggest takeaway for us "older, wiser, better employed" folks is maybe following the golden rule even with the lowly bairsta who is very likely having shitty day. I've been told by baristas that just one little bit of kindness can make up for so much crap.

2gran... 2grandelatte

Listen, I work for Starbucks, Sunday is actually my last day, and there isn't ONE SINGLE WORD this kid sings that isn't true. I'm quitting because the low wage isn't worth the stress dealt by customers on a daily basis. As customers, y'all see us work and think "you're just making coffee what's the big deal?" Work there for a day and you'll want to cut a finger off to dull the pain of dealing with uppity crap! The only thing he forgot was the high school "frappyhoes"

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