Barista makes McDonald’s workers freak out over straw shortages

A Starbucks barista cheers a McDonald’s employee after she got upset at the drive-thru when they told her they were out of straws but could give her a “spoon” for her frappuccinos in a now-viral TikTok.

In the video posted by TikToker Mike (@mikecult) on Sept. 13, they explain that the Starbucks they work for is “in the middle of nowhere” and they can’t access supplies from other stores when they run out.

“So for the last week we have been running out of straws. We even borrowed from other fast food places in town,” they say in the clip.

Mike goes on to say that a drive-thru customer was briefed on the straw shortage when she ordered “a couple of frappuccinos” but “lost her tiny mind” when she was offered a spoon instead.

“‘What the hell do you mean you’re out of straws? You fuck Starbucks’,” says Mike, mimicking the customer. “I put on the headset because I don’t play games. I say, ‘Ma’am, you have two choices. You may or may not have the Frappuccinos.’”

They say the customer was wearing a McDonald’s uniform when she pulled up at the drive-through.

“This bitch comes in a McDonald’s uniform. She literally gets drinks on the way to work,” they say. “Just use the damn straws at McDonald’s.”

@mikecult Today not satan, not today #fyp #customers #barista #gay #queer ♬ Original sound – Mike

The video had been viewed over 20,100 times as of September 26, with commenters berating the McDonald’s employee for snapping at a “colleague of the waiter.”

“It amazes me when other service workers treat other service workers like this,” wrote one commenter.

“As a food worker, how can you be so rude to other food workers?” said another.

“The biggest stab in the back is when fast food workers treat baristas like that. wtf. PS Death to the frappuccino. hire them,” added a third.

Others pointed out that McDonald’s has “the good straws” and suggested other solutions to the straw shortage at Mike’s Starbucks location.

“But Sbux also uses the tops that don’t require straws. Like… girls your biggest problem today is you have to tip the cup to drink?” said one user.

“That’s why I always carry a collapsible metal straw. Especially during Covid many were out,” wrote another.

The Daily Dot contacted Mike via Instagram direct message and Starbucks via email.


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*Initial publication: September 26, 2022 at 6:06 pm CDT

Rebekah Harding

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