“Stop making minimum-wage workers go round in circles for you”: Starbucks barista tells customers to stop ordering money-saving hacks

A Starbucks employee on TikTok is asking customers to stop ordering hacks. While these orders might save the customer a few bucks, they believe they wreak havoc on the baristas.

User @the_hip_barista_’s video has gone viral with over 100,000 views as viewers flood the comments and “hack” customers tell them to just stay home.

The barista stitched together another video from user @hellthyjunkfood detailing how to get a $6 Pumpkin Spice Latte for about $2.50 by ordering espresso shots with mods.

@the_hip_barista_ says these customers aren’t fooling anyone. While the “hack” version calls for a shot of milk, the Starbucks rep claims customers still expect baristas to fill their cups with milk.

“When we see stickers like this, we know the customers are going to ‘hack’ and want the cup filled,” he says.

@the_hip_barista #stitch with @hellthyjunkfood ♬ Original sound – The_Hip_Barista

While the customer waits for their “hack” drink, @the_hip_barista_ Claims Management puts pressure on baristas not to waste resources. “Then management tells us that ‘we’re wasting product and that’s not a recipe,'” he explains.

However, when baristas prepare drinks to management’s specifications, the TikToker says customers are unhappy. To “get the moment right,” management asks employees to re-brew the drink.

Just a few of those interactions could mess up an entire shift, he explains.

“Stop making minimum wage workers go round in circles for you,” @the_hip_barista_ pleads with viewers.

Most commenters agreed with his calls to end “hack” orders.

“This!! It’s not that baristas give a damn about the amount of milk BUT they don’t give a damn about being yelled at!!!” one user said.

“I hate getting these stickers in the time it takes me to read the changes I could have made to the actual drink,” claimed another.

A third user claimed their Starbucks location refuses to comply with customers’ cost-saving hacks. “The amount of people who are mad at us because our place never fills up, let’s tell people to order lattes, we won’t do the hack,” they said.

“The ‘hack’ is forcing the minimum wage workers to give them stuff for free,” replied @the_hip_barista_.

Many also pointed out that when it comes to cost savings, special add-ons could be made at home rather than in the drive-thru line.

“Order the ‘hack’ without milk and go home and add the milk yourself… You make our life easier and get the cheaper price,” wrote one user.

“Fr if you really need to save the $4 just get some syrups and start making your coffee at home,” said another.

The Daily Dot reached out to @the_hip_barista_ via Instagram direct message.


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*Initial publication: September 25, 2022 at 4:10 p.m. CDT

Dan Latu

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