A Starbucks barista’s video serves as a public announcement to customers that when a store seems understaffed and busy, it might be best to avoid a Frappuccino.
In a video posted Monday, which has nearly 230,000 views, Landon Jones (@allclearforlandon) stands in uniform behind what appears to be a Starbucks store. He seems to let out a huge sigh in the clip.
“It’s 3 p.m., four of us run the whole store, two people still need breaks,” the text overlay reads. “The drive-thru line is wrapped around the building and everyone is ordering frappes.”
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Viewers had a few suggestions for Jones, including lying to customers and preventing customers from placing mobile orders.
“Sorry, our frappe machine is currently unavailable. Would you like a different item?” said a viewer.
“Shut up shop for a while, if your boss gets mad at you, everyone take a break, explain they need a more prepared team,” said another.
“Happened once in my shop. We’ve closed the drive-through and disabled mobile orders,” added a third party.
In 2021, mobile orders accounted for more than 26% of all Starbucks orders, according to GeekWire. Stores have the option to make items unavailable or disable mobile ordering altogether.
Other baristas in the comments section were piling up frappuccinos.
“I swear. and I have a feeling that frappes take the longest to make when the line is long,” said one.
Frappuccinos come in two different types: coffee frappuccinos and cream frappuccinos. The Coffee Frappuccinos, available in 11 different flavors, consist of coffee, milk, ice and aroma. Creme Frappuccinos, available in 10 different flavors, are made similarly but without the coffee.
It’s no secret that the drink isn’t a favorite among the chain’s baristas. Starbucks baristas, particularly on TikTok, have been very vocal about their dislike of making the drink, especially during a rush. Some flavors, like the mocha cookie crumble or the caramel ribbon crunch, are obviously more time-consuming to make. A trick known to workers is to “stack” the frappuccinos, or make more than one frappuccino at a time by filling a blender with ingredients. However, it’s impossible to stack Frappuccinos when there are adjustments to orders, one viewer noted.
The Daily Dot contacted Landon Jones via TikTok comment.
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*Initial publication: September 13, 2022 at 3:07 pm CDT
Melody Heald is a culture writer. Her work can be found in Glitter Magazine, BUST Magazine and more.
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