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Jordan Bates
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List Rules What is the most terrible part of being a barista? Upvote the worst of the worst.

Most of us have been to a Starbucks or other coffee shop chain at one point in our lives. Some of us have worked there and lived to tell the tale. Sure, being a barista has its perks (no horrible, horrible, caffeine-based pun intended) but that isn't what this list is about. This is a list of truly the worst things about being a barista. What do you think? What is the worst thing about working as a barista? Vote your picks up to the top!

It doesn't matter if you work at one of the best coffee shop chains, your job is still just the worst. From fake friend customers to cleaning the bathroom, these are the worst parts of this terrible job. Maybe some of those Starbucks cup spelling fails weren't exactly unintentional...?
 
Frappuccinos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About Being a Barista
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Frappuccinos


They're gross. They're sticky. They take thirteen hours to make. Generally, you'll get at least fourteen of them coming your way at a time from whatever frantic adult has been charged with watching some nondescript youth group for the afternoon.

The grotesque amounts of sugar should help the situation.

Also, there's this week every year where they do two hours of BOGO on Frappuccinos called "Frappy Hour." You will lose your religion.

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The Perfect Beverage Promise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About Being a Barista
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The Perfect Beverage Promise


As a barista at Starbucks you must take an oath to make every beverage "perfect" for every customer or you must remake it on the spot.

In theory, this is a great idea. So is Communism.

You should get what you ordered. It should taste good. Unfortunately, people are monsters. You'll be remaking that extra-dry cappuccino for most of your shift.
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That Awkward Moment...When You... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About Being a Barista
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That Awkward Moment...When You Don't Have Coffee


You will run out of coffee due to someone's incompetence. Possibly yours. (Probably yours.)

When this happens, you will have to look people in the face, at a Starbucks, and tell them that you are out of coffee. There's nothing you can do about it. All you can do is watch it brew.

Congratulations! It's now your fault and you've just become Saddam Hussein in the eyes of every customer in the store. And also an idiot. You are now an idiot Saddam Hussein in an apron. Have fun!
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Forced Friendships with Custom... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About Being a Barista
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Forced Friendships with Customers


A lot of customers will act like they are your friend and you will have to act like you are their friend. This is, again, nice in theory. We should all act friendly towards each other.

But just you wait until you forget what Bob's "usual" is and you have what essentially amounts to a lover's quarrel in the middle of your shift.

I'M SORRY, BOB! I HAVE 300 OTHER FAKE FRIENDS JUST LIKE YOU WHO I ALSO DON'T CARE ABOUT. DON'T YOU PRETEND YOU CARE ABOUT ME! THE ONLY REASON YOU KNOW MY NAME IS BECAUSE IT'S PRINTED ON THIS STUPID APRON, AND THE ONLY REASON I KNOW YOURS IS BECAUSE YOU GAVE ME YOUR REAL NAME INSTEAD OF "MORPHEUS"!!

YOU KNEW WHAT THIS WAS, BOB! YOU KNEW!
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