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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...?
 
That Awkward Moment...When You... is listed (or ranked) 1 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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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


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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The Person Who "Doesn't Drink Coffee"


Uggggggggghhhhhhhhh.

I'm sure you do Crossfit too.

This is usually a customer who was sent over on a "coffee run" by their place of employ. They have no idea what anything is, how anything works, or how much they are ruining everything for everybody. 

You've successfully brought the flow of this establishment to a grinding halt. Enjoy your Passion Fruit Iced Tea. Unsweetened, of course.