This week, a TikToker received millions of views for a video accusing Starbucks greats of holding the same amount of liquid, sparking controversy. The video received backlash as “clickbait,” and its claims were debunked in another viral TikTok by two Starbucks baristas.
TikToker and musician Sueco (@sueco), who has over 7.1 million followers, claims in a recent video with over 15.8 million views that coffee chain Starbucks’ three beverage sizes — 12 ounce tall, 16 ounce Grande and 24 Ounces of Venti – are a “scam” and actually contain the same amount of liquid.
In the viral video, the TikToker shows three different Starbucks sized coffee cups, with two of the cups turned upside down, and pours coffee from the smallest to the largest size in between.
“You won’t believe this, Starbucks has cheated us the whole time,” says the TikToker in the video. “It fits the same amount of coffee. Look… It’s even a bit crowded.”
In the video, however, the TikToker turns the cups upside down and does not reveal whether the cups are really empty. Many users in the video’s comments section say the claims are fake, pointing out that TikToker likely filled the bottoms of the cups with styrofoam or some other material.
“There must be something in the cups that’s taking up space,” commented one user.
“Clickbait cap,” replied another.
In a response video that received over 925,600 views, two Starbucks baristas shot a video pouring coffee between Starbucks sizes at a store, demonstrating that the sizes have a legitimate difference in volume.
“Fake news,” the baristas captioned the video.
@jill_elyse #duet with @sueco fake news #starbucks #fyp #MadewithKAContest #starbucksdrinks #starbucksrecipe ♬ Salt – Sueco
Users in the comments section were outraged by TikToker Sueco for trying to fool viewers.
“He’s got a tour coming up so he’s just trying to get influence and his 5 minutes of fame,” one offended user.
“It’s like a five year old doing a magic trick,” attacked another.
Others discussed misinformation on TikTok, saying people fall for videos like this too easily.
“You mean… a TikToker wasn’t telling the truth?! I’m shocked!” one person commented.
“The sad part is that a lot of people are going to believe that,” complained another.
On the other hand, some users came up about Starbucks and said that the company actually removes volume from their cold drinks by using too much ice.
“I mean sure, but a [venti] has the same amount of ice they throw in there that a large mug can hold,” one user complained.
According to the Starbucks website, Venti hot drinks are 20 ounces, while Venti ice drinks are 24 ounces — which likely accounts for some of the extra volume ice takes up.
Some users in the comments section of the barista’s video argued that they deserved a raise.
“Companies really need to start providing bonuses to employees who promote their brands this way @Starbucks,” praised one user.
“Lmfaooo had to defend the bux,” one of the baristas replied.
The Daily Dot reached out to Starbucks via email and TikToker’s Sueco (@sueco) and Jill (@jill_elyse) via Instagram message.
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*Initial publication: June 7, 2022 at 2:43 p.m. 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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