Starbucks Baristas Share Things They’re Just So Tired Of (40 Posts)

Any job is difficult if you care about its outcome. But not every worker has to hear about it from customers. Baristas are one of the “lucky” ones that do.

As Gowri Chandra has beautifully put it, we Americans worship at the altar of craft coffee, reveling in its complexity and revering its art form. But we’ve still managed to commodify the very people who make it: the baristas. So if we believe in the artistry of baristas — and it looks like we do — why are we treating them as unskilled, expendable labor?

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From everything baristas are posting online about their job, it’s clear that we, the clients, are the main cause of their headaches. Of course, they have other problems too, but probably none can screw up their day as we do. Continue scrolling to learn what trials and tribulations await baristas every single day, and who knows, maybe if their confessions get plenty of attention, people will be kinder to them? Let’s hope so.

#1 It’s Called Etiquette

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All of these experiences might seem scary and really demanding when you’re just starting out. “Many service industry roles aren’t full-time, which often means you’re ineligible for most employer-sponsored benefits,” former Starbucks barista Mekita Rivas explained. “Calling out sick can have negative consequences in the workplace, especially one where you can’t just ‘work from home.'”

#2 A Really Good Mask Sign

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However, the job can also prepare you for the future. Now, Rivas is balancing a full-time day job, a growing freelance business, relationships with loved ones, as well as her other needs and goals. That sounds like a lot, but she said it’s within her energy levels. “Although working my way through school was challenging, my hustle is what got me my degree,” she said.

That job has helped her understand that ‘work-life balance’ means whatever you want it to. “It’s whatever makes you feel comfortable and in control. I am still trying to decipher what that looks like for this chapter in my life, but I know I’m on my way to figuring it out.”

#3 If Only

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#4 I Tried Hard To Cheer Up My Regular Karen And She Grabbed A Straw And Mixed My Little Art And Her Ungrateful Ass Said:i Dint Ask For No Stupid Drawing

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#5 Just A Reminder For Those Who’ve Forgotten That We Are Human Too

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#6 Every Peak At Least 5 Times

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#7 And Thats On Period

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#8 Mental Health In The Workplace

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#9 Me When Peak Lasts My Whole Shift

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#10 Every Store Has One (Or Several)

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#11 Do You Have Any Regulars That You Just Look At And You’re Instantly Annoyed?

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#12 Starbucks Employees Hate When You Scream Your Order At Them

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#13 Just A Psa To The Customers:

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#14 When Customers Ask For Something Like This

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#15 Just Dropping By With This

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#16 Karen Strikes Again!

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#17 Sundays Really Be Like That Tho

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#18 Starbucks Employees Hate When You Launch Into A Completely One-Sided Order

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#19 Psa

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#20 “You Need To Be Connecting With Every Customer At The Window!”

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#21 Starbucks Employees Hate When You Hang Around Past Closing

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#22 Interesting

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#23 Tbh

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#24 Me.

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#25 I Just Want To Know What Size ?

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#26 Forgot The Extra Drizzle.

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#27 When You’re In The Back Doing Dishes, But You Have To Go Out And Greet A Customer:

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#28 Just Gonna Leave This Here

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#29 Psa: Please Don’t Leave Stuff Like This In The Tip Jar. Politics Aside, It’s A Really Childish And Insulting Gesture. Thank You

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#30 Why

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#31 Just Received This From Corporate In Regards To Covid-19

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#32 Opening Be Like This

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#33 This Is How It Feels To Work At Starbucks Sometimes…

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#34 It Can Happen To The Best Of Us

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#35 Here’s For The Lady Today Who Hadn’t Even Paid Me Yet And Said “I’m Glad Your Coworkers Are Having Such A Great Conversation, But They Need To Get Started On My Drink Because I’m In A Rush”

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#36 Im So Sorry

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#37 Welcome To My Ted Talk

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#38 When A Customer Is Rude But Leaves A $5 Tip

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#39 Dear Customers, This Is What Happens When You Reach Around The Shields To Help Yourself. Please Stop.

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#40 What It’s Been Like Working In Dt With Cafe Closed

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