Target customer checks out at Starbucks when the line is too long

What to do if the line at Target is too long? For most people the solution would be to just hold on and wait in the long line behind the other customers. But TikTok user Camo (@camocamille) has another solution — check out Starbucks.

Many Target locations have Starbucks locations within the store. As it turns out, Starbucks employees at Target appear to be just as capable of checking customers as other Target employees, meaning customers like Camo can easily skip long lines and grab a coffee on the go.

“And that’s how you kill two birds with one stone!” she concludes.

The video currently has over 1.1 million views.

@camocamille Otherwise I’ll put everything back 😅#lifehack ♬ Original sound – CAMO

Shortly after the post, some TikTokers who claimed to have experience with both Target and Starbucks jumped into the comments section to say that while it’s possible, a Starbucks employee might not always screen Target customers.

“FYI depends on the employee whether they are employed. they can say no and send you to the regular checkout,” wrote one user.

“On my destination, we don’t call people at Starbucks or the returns desk, so that doesn’t work for all locations, y’all,” said another.

However, some users who had previously used the hack seemed upset that Camo had told others about their cordless shopping hack.

“Don’t tell them,” said one user. “we use this to buy our lunch for employees.”


Other users pointed out that this is also possible in other stores. For example, items from one part of a store can often be purchased in other areas.

“If you’re underpaying and paying a Wa card, do the same at the specialist counters,” shared one commenter. “It helps with their sales and no queue.”

“I did this or bought electronics,” claimed another TikToker. “Electronics NEVER have a line.”

We contacted Camo and Target via email.


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*Initial publication: December 23, 2022 at 9:36 am CST

Braden Bjella

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