Ex-Barista Shares Hack to End Pay It Forward Starbucks Lines

In a viral video posted Aug. 4, a former Starbucks barista, Tiffany Wyatt (@tiffanycuh), sewed a video about the “ponzi scheme,” which is a Starbucks “pay it forward” line. The pay-it-forward concept has been around for years: the person in front of you pays for your drink, so you pay for the person behind you.

Wyatt suggests another way to pass it on that actually benefits the baristas, the people who make the drinks. Her video has over 2.4 million views.

@tiffanycuh #stitch with @bennettcardoso i do this so often i get free drinks at my store 😁#nourisheveryyou #ReTokforNature #starbucks #starbuckshack #starbucksbarista ♬ Original sound – miserablehotgirl

“Okay, I know TikTok loves their Starbucks hacks, so here’s a hack in case you get caught in one of those stupid pay-it-forward lines,” she says.

Once customers come to the window, Wyatt advises them to make it clear they don’t want to pay for the person behind them. Instead, she suggests customers take the money they intended to use to pay for their drink and tip the barista “as they deserve.”

“That way the pay-it-forward line is broken, the barista is happy they have their tip, and you have a free drink,” she concludes. “And your barista will probably like you a little bit more.”

In the comments section, viewers discussed this hack.

“It’s not a free drink if you ‘tip’ it,” commented one user.

“As Starbucks employees, WE WOULD LOVE THIS,” said another.

“Believe me, the drive-through workers hate them as much as the customers. It makes it harder to keep track of,” said a third user.

Wyatt further explained her reasoning for the hack in a comment.

“My only point is to give the money to the people who really need it, like the baristas, and not to the people who would be spending money anyway,” she said.

The Daily Dot contacted Wyatt via Instagram direct message.


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*Initial Release: Oct 5, 2022 5:06 PM CDT

Lauren Castro

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