In a viral TikTok posted today, a Starbucks barista described being “slammed” at work over a new offer of 50% off iced drinks at Starbucks every Tuesday in July, sparking debate in the video’s comments section triggered.
The viral video, which has over 50,800 views, was posted by TikToker Hen (@captainxhen). As previously reported by the Daily Dot, the TikToker has gone viral in the past for describing his experiences as a Starbucks barista. In his latest viral TikTok, he films himself in what appears to be a break room in his Starbucks apron and says things have gotten hectic at work lately due to a new 50% off offer.
“Get someone else’s Starbucks [slammed] hard today because of 50% off coupon,” the TikToker captioned the video. “Bruhh it’s been super busy and I work at a Starbucks coffee shop.”
@captainxhen Bruhh has been super busy and I work at a coffee shop Starbucks 💀🥸😩😳 #fypシ #starbucks #baristalife #baristaproblems #halfofftuesdays ♬ sad SpongeBob music – Michael
The new offer mentioned in the video offers Starbucks Rewards members 50% off cold drinks and is called “Summer DiYays”. The offer is only available at some participating stores, excludes “ready-to-drink beverages, bottled beverages and alcohol,” cannot be combined with other discounts, and is not valid for delivery orders, according to the Starbucks website.
Users in the comments section of the viral TikTok debated the impact of the 50% off offer. Some users claiming to be Starbucks employees shared their similar experiences with a sudden increase in work.
“I’ve been at the cold bar all day and I’m telling you, today was NOT,” one user complained.
“Good time to have Tuesday off,” commented another user.
Others referred to the Starbucks workers, and some users even criticized Starbucks for going through with the deal.
“Srsly, what was the company thinking about making it on a Tuesday when most places are understaffed?” argued another.
On the other hand, many users said in the comments section that they would take advantage of the deal.
“As a former barista, I’m sorry dears, but $3.95 for my favorite beverage in a Venti that I couldn’t afford is just too good a deal,” said one user.
“Trust me I’ll be there every Tuesday for the rest of July,” replied another.
In a follow-up video posted a few hours after his first video, the TikToker shared how he was holding up: “Updated ladies we are still dying except for 3 girls pray they make it tonight.”
The Daily Dot reached out to Starbucks via email and TikToker Hen (@captainxhen) via TikTok comment, but did not receive a response in time for the publication of this article.
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*Initial publication: July 6, 2022 at 4:24 pm CDT
Grace Stanley is a reporter covering creators and influencers. You were previously the social media manager for Nautilus Magazine and attended the University of Texas at Austin.
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