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Let’s have a big round of applause for all the baristas out there who smilingly greet us grumpy in the mornings and send us off with a great start to the day, aka the morning cup of coffee, on which everything that waits ahead relies. Meetings, dates, calls, you name it.

So let’s just all imagine the uncaffeinated bunch of clients Starbucks workers see every day. In fact, we don’t need to imagine that, thanks to the Reddit community which goes by the same name, r/Starbucks. Here, the employees of the popular coffeehouse chain spill it all, the good and the bad.

Below, you'll find the stories they shared about the most awful clients, craziest orders and everything they had to deal with at work and it’s just pure madness. After you're done reading this one, be sure to check out part 1 with more Starbucks horror stories.

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My Dog Passed And They Told Me To Come To Work Anyway So I Quit. Her Name Is Eva

My Dog Passed And They Told Me To Come To Work Anyway So I Quit. Her Name Is Eva

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Eva is beautiful! And as a member of the family she obviously deserves to be mourned <3

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#2

Support The Workers

Support The Workers

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#3

This Would Be A Great Stress Relief Practice

This Would Be A Great Stress Relief Practice

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Go watch "Clerks" or "Fight Club".. You're not your job.. Your job doesn't dictate your behavior.. Just know there may be consequences for your actions.. You may get fired or you may gain the respect of people worldwide.. You never know.

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According to Starbucks' careers website, baristas are the face of Starbucks. The popular coffeehouse chain states that “They are an important part of our customers’ days, and experts in handcrafting delicious, perfect beverages.” Moreover, “Baristas personally connect and create moments that make a difference and work together to create a welcoming store environment,” says the company’s website. Starbucks argues that baristas are the ones who bring their mission and values to life “while proudly wearing the green apron.”

#5

An Inspiration To Us All

An Inspiration To Us All

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So what exactly is the company looking for in the people who greet customers every day? Well, Starbucks argues that you’d make a great barista if you are a “people person,” and enjoy meeting others, love working as a team and appreciate the chance to collaborate, understand how to create a great customer service experience, have a focus on quality and take pride in your work. So if you press apply for a barista position on their website, you’d be surprised how much importance they put on social and interpersonal skills. No wonder why, when you look at the clients they have to deal with on a daily basis.

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#7

*ehem*

*ehem*

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#8

“Please Don’t Verbally Assault The Baristas”

“Please Don’t Verbally Assault The Baristas”

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#9

"Managers Favorite" Lmao

"Managers Favorite" Lmao

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

honestly calling it the "ghost refresher" is pretty cool. Also great that they're giving it for free

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On the other hand, working as a barista at Starbucks is still viewed as a first job for college students since the company is flexible with working hours and has many locations to meet your needs. According to Indeed.com, average Starbucks barista hourly pay in the United States is approximately $12.55, which meets the national average.

However, like many companies, Starbucks faced labor shortage in 2021 and announced it was raising their average pay up to $17 an hour starting late January 2022. Around the same time, the company also announced that it was investing in training, as well as redesigning its "Barista Basics" guide and adding more training time.

#11

Working Thanksgiving Sucks, So I Made All My Baristas Gift Bags! Thank You For Everything You Do

Working Thanksgiving Sucks, So I Made All My Baristas Gift Bags! Thank You For Everything You Do

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

these gift bags honestly look really nice, a card, a cup, and whatever else you put down in there. Definitely made thanksgiving better.

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#13

Somebody Backed Into Our Window On Friday, And This Was Presented To Us Today. Sometimes Work Is Okay

Somebody Backed Into Our Window On Friday, And This Was Presented To Us Today. Sometimes Work Is Okay

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#15

Starbucks: We Are Forced To Raise Prices Due To Inflation And Supply-Chain Issues. Also Starbucks: Our Profit Just Went Up 31% And We Gave Our CEO A 39% Raise To $20.4 Million

Starbucks: We Are Forced To Raise Prices Due To Inflation And Supply-Chain Issues. Also Starbucks: Our Profit Just Went Up 31% And We Gave Our CEO A 39% Raise To $20.4 Million

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

and still ppl go there and buy their overpriced stuff ... *shaking head

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#19

Somebody Literally Set Our Store On Fire Sunday And My Coworkers And I Didn’t Know What To Do So We Just Kept Making Drinks

Somebody Literally Set Our Store On Fire Sunday And My Coworkers And I Didn’t Know What To Do So We Just Kept Making Drinks

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#21

👀👀👀

👀👀👀

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James016
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The slice of bread in the bottom right corner looks like a Pac-Man ghost

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#22

Walked Into My Store And Burst Into Laughter. Gotta Love These Shortages

Walked Into My Store And Burst Into Laughter. Gotta Love These Shortages

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#23

Me Watching Karen’s Card Get Declined

Me Watching Karen’s Card Get Declined

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Claire Stanfield
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

*sputters, red in the face* "I have MONEY in there!!!!! Try it again" *still declines* *unintelligible frustration noises* *fishes around in purse for other card to use* *finally clears* Whew.

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#24

It’s Happening

It’s Happening

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#25

Some Whiteout Poetry Dedicated To Being A Partner

Some Whiteout Poetry Dedicated To Being A Partner

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is same for certainly more then 90% of the companies! I never felt that i was more then just an employee until i work for me...

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#26

This Is Just… A Lot

This Is Just… A Lot

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#27

Find A Lizard?

Find A Lizard?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These aren't actual orders the baristas just find a mantis and catch it with a cup and think"you know what would be funny"

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#28

It’s Starting To Get To Me

It’s Starting To Get To Me

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm more concerned about the fact that the little hovering dog has casts on both of it's front legs.

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#29

The Bucks Be Draining Yo

The Bucks Be Draining Yo

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

100% - i don't get how people workout, go out to eat, or do anything after work

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Emily Jones
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the motivation and will to live parts really got me also they only have tears

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#31

The Life Of An Opener

The Life Of An Opener

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They do that every where lol At my shop they’ll be knocking at the door *mystified* that they can’t get in at five-to. It’s ok, they’re cute.

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#32

I Am So Tired

I Am So Tired

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's a catch 22. People will go because it's open so the following year it's open because people went the previous year.

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#34

60 Frappuccinos With No Tip… $279

60 Frappuccinos With No Tip… $279

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In my country tipping is unusual. Staff are paid enough so they don't have to depend on it..

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#35

Water And Whip No

Water And Whip No

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