Starbucks Employee Cries Because Work

Starbucks Employee Cries Because Work

Starbucks Employee Cries Because Work

A Starbucks barista broke down and cried on video because work is too tough for he? she? to handle. Oh, and guess what? They’re a full-time college student too.

Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit.

And it gets worse, friends. This person also wants a union for Starbucks employees to counter their a**hole managers. Well, of course they do. Like no one ever in the history of work had an a**hole manager, am I right?

But isn’t that just like a good little college-indoctrinated socialist?

Oh, and there’s one other thing, too. If you listen closely through the blubbering, you’ll find out that someone misgendered them. “What the f***?” they sob. “I’ve got a full mustache and beard.”

If that’s a “full mustache and beard,” then I’m the Pope.


The Woes of a Starbucks Employee

Here are some of the complaints this poor benighted soul made, recorded on video, and posted for the world to see:

“I am literally about to quit.”

“I’m crying in the back room right now and I almost crawled on the floor.”

So this person deserts their fellow baristas when the mobile orders stack up. Way to go, jerk. Employee of the Month material, right there.

But even worse, this child (yes, I said it) has to work on weekends! 

“I’m on the schedule for eight and a half hours, both Saturday and Sunday.”

Because, you know, it’s called the service industry, and that’s what they do.

Here’s the video:

As one person tweeted: This is the face of those who want you to forgive their student loans.


The Employee Gets Some Love

There were those who sympathized with the barista. Over at Twitter, one person responded with this:

“I don’t know, he seemed like a hard worker having a bad day. Ruling: Not a clown”

While someone else agreed:

“Agreed. Retail/food service is the worst. There are always 4 or 5 people who do nothing and never get reprimanded, then one guy like this who does everything and constantly gets chewed out. Trans or whatever he seems genuine, going to school, and working his ass off. Geez!”

Show of hands of anyone who’s ever worked retail or food service. That would include me, and both of my grown children. In fact, my oldest daughter said that her food service job convinced her to finish her degree(s).

I’m thinking that the guys in the picture below have much tougher jobs than the barista, and they’re about the same age, too.

Starbucks barista/Army

Credit: US Army/flickr/CC BY 2.0.


Starbucks vs. Coleman Factory, Circa 1970

After my husband watched the Lament of the Starbucks Barista, he rolled his eyes.

“That person should’ve had my job in college,” he said.

My husband — one of those Boomers whom the barista’s generation likes to mock — also worked during his college years. Only instead of working in a coffee shop, he worked at the Coleman factory in Wichita, KS, while paying his tuition at Wichita State University.

His parents didn’t pay his freight; they bought his books only for his freshman year. The rest was up to him.

So he worked not 25 hours, but 40 hours a week during the graveyard shift, from 10pm to 7 am. He came home, slept a few hours, and then went off to class.

Here’s a snippet showing the loud, dirty conditions at Coleman (the Wichita factory is now closed).

Not only that, but there was little to no climate control at the time. He worked on the second floor, right above the heavy machinery, which heated the floor and kept the building about 100° in the summer. In the winter, snow would leak in through the transom windows. And because he worked the graveyard shift, the factory heat would be shut down during cold weather since there were only a handful of employees on the floor.

There was a union there, but Coleman was an open shop, and my husband wouldn’t join it. So he just powered through his ordeal.


Should We Mock the Starbucks Barista?

Eh, deep down inside I know it’s not kind. And I think this person may need counseling of some sort, too.

But this is the product of societal coddling of children, compounded by the current addiction to social media where young adults think they need to post all of their brain farts. Everyone has a bad day at work. Everyone has dealt with a nasty boss, too. But if you can’t stand your job, then for heaven’s sake get another one! There are plenty out there. And for crying out loud, stop posting your woes on social media.  That’s not just because people will mock you. There may be a position in the future you really want. But if a potential employer finds the clip of you crying your eyes out about your little college job being too tough, it will not go well.

Just a bit of wisdom from an old Boomer. You’re welcome.


Featured image: churl/flickr/cropped/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.


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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

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  • American Human says:

    Okay, when I was in college, I was married with three children (then later a fourth), went to school full time studying Electrical Engineering, worked full time (40 hours a week making about $6.20/hr., in the 80s), and was in the Air National Guard.

    This little complaining troglodyte needs a good kick in the rear end and told to shut up and get back to work because he/she’s not working while everyone else on the shift is out front getting it done.

    “There are always 4 or 5 people who do nothing and never get reprimanded”, she’s probably one of them.

    • American Human says:

      Oh, and I paid 100% of my own tuition and left school with no student debt after 4.25 years with a degree in EE.

      • GWB says:

        with a degree in EE
        So, there potentially was crying involved with obtaining your degree?
        (EE and majors requiring organic chemistry.)

  • Dietrich says:

    OK, I watched about 3.5 seconds of the vid before my hand reflexively hit the pause. All I want to know is was he/she/it misgendered as a he or a she? Not that it looks like it mattered.

  • Cameron says:

    Should We Mock the Starbucks Barista?

    If she didn’t want to be mocked, she shouldn’t have posted that video. I get it; work sucks when you’re a full time student. And yeah, it sucks when you have to give up your weekends to your job because that’s the kind of field you’re in. For what it’s worth, I hope she’s taking something worthwhile in college.

    • GWB says:

      I hope she’s taking something worthwhile in college.
      After watching that video, what do you think she/he/it is taking? I will guarantee it has “studies” somewhere in the title. It certainly isn’t chemistry or engineering or anything of that sort.

    • Scott says:

      Most likely gender studies or some such useless crap.. Based on the video, there’s no way she’s doing anything productive

  • GWB says:

    Because, you know, it’s called the service industry, and that’s what they do.
    I wouldn’t go this way with it. I’d simply say, “You’re getting paid for those hours, right? Then get back to work.”

    This is the face of those who want you to forgive their student loans.

    then one guy like this who does everything
    Bullcarp! He’s the ‘guy’ always coming up with reasons why he can’t do that job! The people who generally step up and do everything don’t usually whine and snivel about it.

    working his ass off
    She/he/it is a barista.

    I’m thinking that the guys in the picture below have much tougher jobs
    Heck, these guys have a tougher job, IMO.

    So he just powered through his ordeal.
    You mean he did what they paid him for?!? Oh, the humanity!!!

    this person may need counseling of some sort
    What she/he/it needs is to be taken over an adult’s knee and walloped until they stop crying. And once she/he/it grows up, they can go back and take their parents to task for failing to raise them.

    Having said some of the above, I know jobs don’t have to be physically demanding to be mentally demanding. There are loads of waiters and waitresses and cooks and even a few baristas who do work their heinies off every day. And it shows.

    I guarantee the gal who dropped out of my Freshman Cadet class would have stomped this person. She had real guts and strove hard to succeed, only leaving because she knew it wasn’t for her. She did not fail – she took her talents elsewhere. And she is head and shoulders above this person (though very short of stature 🙂 ).
    [Betsy, if you’re out there, know that you still inspire.]

  • GWB says:

    Oh, I missed this one:
    I’m at my wits end with this job.
    No, honey, you were at your wit’s end long before you started that job.

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