Starbucks baristas say they made the coffee chain’s iconic Pumpkin Spice Lattes a full shift and claim it made them want to quit.
With more than 167,000 views, the video features poster artist @daisydrivestheboat explaining how she and her colleague struggled through their work day making almost exclusively Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
“Ever had a shift so damn bad that you want to put your two weeks in?” she asks viewers. “Because that’s who we are, dude. We are literally traumatized. You pumpkin spice latte a** bitches, you traumatized us. Let me show you what our damn kitchen looks like right now. Look at his apron, bro.”
@daisydrivestheboat I checked out 4 hours ago but I still feel like I’m working because I can smell the pumpkin spice #greenscreen #foryoupage #fyp #fypシ #PostitAffirmations #trending #viral ♬ Original sound – peachy pai$y
In her comments section, @daisydrivestheboat clarified that she wasn’t complaining about the way the drinks were made, but about the behavior of the customers who ordered them.
“Guys lmao we’re not complaining about the drinks preparation, it was just the two of us towards the end of the shift and we had Hella customers ordering it,” she wrote. “Then customers got mad at us for being slow, but we only have one espresso machine.”
Some viewers saw the video as an opportunity to share their own struggles with Starbucks, whether they currently work there or not.
“That’s why I (quit) working there,” wrote one commenter. “Especially if you’re understaffed. Some customers don’t appreciate that. We had someone at the drive thru taking orders and I at the front doing the same. We helped each other when things got slow.”
The Pumpkin Spice Latte returned to the chain on August 30, 2022. There has been a lot of speculation about the drink’s taste, with some customers claiming the chain has changed its recipe (Starbucks confirmed to the Daily Dot that it hadn’t). The speculation hasn’t stopped customers from ordering it either, according to @daisydrivestheboat’s TikTok.
The Daily Dot reached out to @daisydrivestheboat via Instagram direct message. The Daily Dot also emailed Starbucks directly.
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*Initial publication: September 21, 2022 at 9:30 am CDT
Brooke Sjoberg is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020.
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