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?

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

A Really Good Mask Sign

A Really Good Mask Sign

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

Really good!

Tye Dye Llama
Community Member
1 month ago

I know, right! I saw one that said “Wear a mask or you give us the right to yell at you.”

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Dre Mosley
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1 month ago

An Anti-masker, QAnon follower, and a conspiracy theorist walk into a bar. Nope, this isn't three separate people, it's all one person.

Mary Peace
Community Member
1 month ago

What is QAnon please? I've never heard of this.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

Excellent! This should be everywhere!

Ariel
Community Member
1 month ago

Is this inferring that people with valid exemptions shouldn’t be putting themselves at risk going out and/or that they shouldn’t be putting other people at risk by going out without a mask? Not every valid reason for exemption is because of a medical condition that would put the person in the higher risk group for complications or very serious illness should they catch Covid19. The UK government, at least, has not said that people who genuinely cannot wear masks aren’t allowed to, or shouldn’t go, places. The part of the sign underlined in red seems aggressive and accusatory in my opinion.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 month ago

... and then that person has a coughing fit ... Are you implying that "people who genuinely cannot wear masks" cannot spread the virus? They are potentially dangerous both to themselves as well as to others.

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KT Pinto
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23 hours ago

I find it horrible that this place thinks it's okay to try to shame people with medical conditions. Anxiety, OCD and various other emotional and psychological conditions that could make them unable to wear a mask, that has nothing to do with the pandemic. I wouldn't go to that restaurant just because of their condescension.

Jane Moore
Community Member
1 day ago

Unless you are going into Spar in my town - apparently they have been instructed by their boss not to do challange people

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 month ago

Why should people who are autistic be kept out of public eye?

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

Never underestimate stupid, though.

Trinity Tummons
Community Member
1 month ago

Every store needs one of these

CincyReds
Community Member
1 month ago

Love it!

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 month ago

Here, here!!!

Mike Kozubski
Community Member
1 month ago

Really ignorant

HufflepuffPanda
Community Member
1 month ago

Oof!

Diane Patrick
Community Member
1 month ago

So stupid! They still believe it’s a pandemic? Baa baa!

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

Thank you for bragging that you've flunked science and math. Great job! LOL!!!

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1 month ago

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Mary Peace
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1 month ago

I thought the mask was to stop your own germs from entering the air to potentially infect other people, not to stop the mask-wearer from getting sick.

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1 month ago

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This is so ignorant towards all the people who can't wear a mask due to being autistic or suffering with mental llness. Talk about discrimination.

Becky Samuel
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1 month ago

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Great. This makes it much simpler to identify the idiots who don't deserve our business. Such an aggressive poster will prevent anyone with genuine social anxiety problems or autism from using this store - and they deserve to lose our business.

Viviane
Community Member
1 month ago

I have anxiety (including in some social situations) and have some ASD characteristics. I may be exceptionally lucky in that the sign doesn't bother me and I can wear a mask. Is it the text at the bottom that causes problems for people with autism and social anxiety? Do people with social anxiety usually have trouble wearing a mask?

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Carrie Spence
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1 month ago

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This is discrimination at its finest

Katy McMouse
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1 month ago

And now we've seen ignorance at its finest.

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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

If Only

If Only

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Dave In MD
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1 month ago

HELL YES.

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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

It’s Called Etiquette

It’s Called Etiquette

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Monty Is Fiennes
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1 month ago

Upvoting for everyone in retail....

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#4

Every Peak At Least 5 Times

Every Peak At Least 5 Times

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Katy McMouse
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1 month ago

I love that damn gull. He always makes me chuckle.

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#5

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

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

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
1 month ago

Yass......100x

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#6

Me When Peak Lasts My Whole Shift

Me When Peak Lasts My Whole Shift

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pusheen buttercup
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1 month ago

Upvote times ten!

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#7

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

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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pusheen buttercup
Community Member
1 month ago

Omg. I am so sorry. I like your art.

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#8

And Thats On Period

And Thats On Period

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Norma
Community Member
1 month ago

Employees everywhere...

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#9

Mental Health In The Workplace

Mental Health In The Workplace

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
1 month ago

Yessss......

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#10

Just A Psa To The Customers:

Just A Psa To The Customers:

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El muerto
Community Member
1 month ago

sadly...the self-satisfaction to tramp all over someone that has to do their jobb, to compensate for the feelings of shrinking self-worth and hurt ego, people thinks comes with the coffee

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#11

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

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

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Sent From The Slytherin House
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I laughed so hard at this....!

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#12

Starbucks Employees Hate When You Scream Your Order At Them

Starbucks Employees Hate When You Scream Your Order At Them

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earringnut
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1 month ago

I laughed literally out loud at this. And I'm still smiling.

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#13

Every Store Has One (Or Several)

Every Store Has One (Or Several)

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

This could also be the other way round

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#14

Starbucks Employees Hate When You Hang Around Past Closing

Starbucks Employees Hate When You Hang Around Past Closing

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
1 month ago

ALL RETAIL!!!!....

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#15

Karen Strikes Again!

Karen Strikes Again!

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What's In Your Head?
Community Member
1 month ago

In all fairness, while this is true to some extent, it doesn't necessarily work that way. I can only speak for myself, but I have no desire to visit any stores on holidays. However, if they happen to be open, it might actually come in handy sometimes and I might drop by. I will definitely feel sorry for the person working, but they are not open because I MUST shop there on said holiday. They are open because their asshat boss wants to scrape in some extra dough, even if there are hardly any customers.

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#16

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

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

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Call Me Mars
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1 month ago

This is me when I wake up somedays!

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#17

Interesting

Interesting

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Suzi Gauthier
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1 month ago

They ARE armed with hot liquid.

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#18

Just Dropping By With This

Just Dropping By With This

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
1 month ago

Tsk boom...

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#19

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

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

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

This is really annoying

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#20

Psa

Psa

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Katy McMouse
Community Member
1 month ago

Ya know what's fast and easy? Setting the timer on your coffee pot. *gasp*

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#21

Sundays Really Be Like That Tho

Sundays Really Be Like That Tho

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

Hi Karen! How do you like to piss me off this Sunday?

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#22

Tbh

Tbh

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El muerto
Community Member
1 month ago

they'll probably try to make you a zombie, if they could....is all for the team

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#23

Just Gonna Leave This Here

Just Gonna Leave This Here

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Out of chocolate
Community Member
1 month ago

Yup. It definitely is. It’s almost like workers need better pay and more protection.

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#24

Me.

Me.

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Jeff
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1 month ago

Every. Freaking. Monday!

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#25

Forgot The Extra Drizzle.

Forgot The Extra Drizzle.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 month ago

And then they say "sure ill take some of that too".

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#26

When Customers Ask For Something Like This

When Customers Ask For Something Like This

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pansexualandproud
Community Member
1 month ago

do they want diabetes???? and really... "tiger"??

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#27

I Just Want To Know What Size 😞

I Just Want To Know What Size 😞

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Katrin
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, you´re so special. WHAT SIZE???

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#28

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

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

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

Lol

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#29

Just Received This From Corporate In Regards To Covid-19

Just Received This From Corporate In Regards To Covid-19

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, you are, we all know 😒

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#30

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

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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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s a real shitty thing to do.

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#31

Opening Be Like This

Opening Be Like This

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pusheen buttercup
Community Member
1 month ago

This. is. My face.

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#32

Im So Sorry

Im So Sorry

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Tiffany Marie
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh man, this sucks.

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#33

It Can Happen To The Best Of Us

It Can Happen To The Best Of Us

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Norma
Community Member
1 month ago

hahaha even at home!!

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#34

This Is How It Feels To Work At Starbucks Sometimes...

This Is How It Feels To Work At Starbucks Sometimes...

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
1 month ago

This is how it feels to work long term at any food establishment where you order at the counter....

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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”

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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Bob Belcher
Community Member
1 month ago

Truth. Why can't people just wake up 5 minutes earlier or hurry up in the morning if they k ow they want to stop somewhere.

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#36

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

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

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Tabitha L
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1 month ago

Took me a second to figure out dt.

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#37

Welcome To My Ted Talk

Welcome To My Ted Talk

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

But sometimes, exactly because it's free, they totally ignore you and never give you that glass of water. Sometimes I order it like 10 times before I get it.

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#38

When A Customer Is Rude But Leaves A $5 Tip

When A Customer Is Rude But Leaves A $5 Tip

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

That photo made me laugh. I like it

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#39

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

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

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pansexualandproud
Community Member
1 month ago

that is such a waste

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#40

Why

Why

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

What is a pour over?

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