The truth hurts—
Christopher Chiswell worked as a barista at Starbucks in Chowchilla, CA until he was fired from his job via a decision from company headquarters. The reason–he posted a funny and revealing video on YouTube about the misadventures of working for the worldwide coffee vendor.
The next time any San Franciscan visits their local Starbucks, as some YouTube commenters have suggested, start singing Christopher’s song outloud in protest of his firing.
A rise to fame
Chriswell actually posted his swear word spinkled “Starbucks Rant Song” on YouTube, adorned in his official green Starbucks apron, back in July, but it remained relatively undiscovered until it was recently featured on several popular blog websites and became viral.
Suddenly, Chriswell was a star, and along with being a YouTube personality, comes popularity. The attention he received for his video, unfortunately for him, soon reached the eyes and ears of Starbucks headquarters.
Truth with twists
In his humorous video rant, he describes being ignored and looked down upon by snooty customers, deadbeats who try to get extra perks in their drinks for free, unreasonable requests from rude clientele, and the final straw on the camel’s back that probably got him fired by management; he sung about low wages at Starbucks:
“It’s just a cup of coffee! Give me a break, I shouldn’t have to put up with this — making minimum wage.”
Chriswell’s video evidently struck a chord with Starbucks employees, workers in the customer service industry, and even Starbucks customers; they laughed and agreed with virtually all of the points in his song. But Starbucks thought otherwise.
The response and explanation from Starbucks, regarding Chriswell’s dismissal, was released in a statement by company spokesperson Alan Hilowitz:
“…while Christopher was expressing his own views in the video, the disparaging remarks about [Starbucks’] customers and company are unacceptable and out of line with [its] commitment to [its] customers and partners (employees).”
Starbucks Rant Song 2
After being fired by Starbucks, Chriswell posted another YouTube video, Starbucks Rant Song 2, explaining that his video was all in fun and that, in reality, he loved his coworkers, liked his customers, and enjoyed working at Starbucks.
The new video, however, takes another humorous dig at customers and working conditions—something Starbucks corporate, we are sure of, probably won’t like either.
Source: Digital Life
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