Starbucks worker says he has to lift heavy loads because he’s a guy

A Starbucks employee went viral on TikTok after claiming he’s forced to do all tasks that involve heavy lifting just because he’s a man.

The video, which has over 159,000 views, was posted on September 19 by Starbucks employee and TikToker Victor Sanchez (@ew.viktor). The LA-based barista doesn’t often post on the platform, but many of his posts are about his job at Starbucks.

@ew.viktor Jk haha ​​we all take turns. #fyp #fastfood #starbucks ♬ You want to be a girl sooo bad – Mckin

In the video, Victor can be seen in the Starbucks storage room scooping ice cream from the ice bucket, as audio saying, “You want to be a girl so badly. You’ll never be a fucking girl bitch. You are a sir”, plays.

The text overlay in the video explains the point of Victor’s video. It says, “If they let you lift all the garbage trucks, ice refills, and crates because you’re a man,” implying that he’s only given the heavy lifts around the store because he’s a man.

In the caption, Victor clarified that he’s joking and that the staff rotates these tasks. However, that hasn’t stopped viewers from debating in the comments whether or not this is fair practice.

Many viewers, who also work in the coffee franchise, felt sorry for Victor. “DID YOU ALLOW ME YESTERDAY,” one user said, along with a crying face emoji. Victor responded with empathy, saying, “During this heat wave, last week was the worst.”

Lifting heavy objects is part of everyday work at every Starbucks location. This August 2022 job posting for a Starbucks barista on ZipRecruiter clearly states that applicants must be able to “move and lift up to 25 pounds.” But workers claim they are often made to lift more than their job description specifies.

One person stated that they were injured at work because they had to do such physically intensive tasks. “I’m a 5’7″ girl and they let me do all of this…last week I hurt my back because they made me throw out the coffee grounds bag and it weighed 30 pounds,” said one user.

Responding to the comment, Victor agreed that the coffee grounds were heavy and said that it “spilled [him] once.”

Another Starbucks employee also commented, “Bro I do this every weekend when I’m the only guy in the store.” Victor added, “It seems like it’s rare when [there are] Two guys on the floor at the same time haha.”

However, some Starbucks employees said they enjoy topping up ice and lifting heavy boxes more than dealing with customers. “I always do this because I like it better than lying on the floor,” one admitted.

Others claimed they volunteered to take on the physically demanding duties so their “older colleagues wouldn’t strain themselves.”

The Daily Dot contacted Victor via TikTok comment and Starbucks via email.


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*Initial publication: September 23, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. CDT

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