Published On: Thu, Sep 22nd, 2011

Starbucks Barista Fired for Ranting About Customers in YouTube Video

YouTube’s latest one hit wonder, Christopher Cristwell, 25, made his national debut after posting a video of himself on YouTube singing and ranting about his job at the Chowchilla Starbucks.

In the video, he is seen wearing nothing but a green apron and his underwear.

“It’s just a cup of coffee / Give me a break / I shouldn’t have to put up with this, making minimum wage,” so the song goes.

Thanks to his rant, he will no longer have to succumb to his minimum wage barista job. Cristwell, was fired Tuesday.

Corporate execs became aware of the video last week through a well known Starbucks blog and he was let go shortly after.

“They were really cool about it. The regional manager complimented me on my creative ability – not on that specific song – and then asked me why I did it. They were really trying to find out about my intent behind the videos,” Cristwell told Merced Sun-Star.

His inspiration apparently came from a number of YouTube videos in which customers complain and rant about Starbucks. Although, he found that there were no employees who had stepped up to the plate to ridicule the company. Cristwell also claims that he didn’t actually do a number of the shortcuts he sings about, such as filling a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with whipped cream, because most customers can’t tell the difference.

Starbucks released the following statement in regards to the video through company spokesman Alan Hilowitz on Wednesday: “While Christopher was expressing his own views in the video, the disparaging remarks about our customers and company are unacceptable and out of line with our commitment to our customers and partners.”

Cristwell still has hope that the video will serve as a “teachable moment” for the company. “Starbucks should probably realize that this is a mentality for many of their employees,” he said.

One thing’s for sure – he hasn’t let go of his positive comical attitude. “I have bills to pay and I hope the video doesn’t affect my ability to get hired. It’s just a comedy song. I really am a good employee,” said Cristwell.

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  1. Sue says:

    What a spoiled brat.

    Time to grow up little guy.

  2. Jeremy says:

    Listen, I work for Starbucks, Sunday is actually my last day, and there isn’t ONE SINGLE WORD this kid sings that isn’t true. I’m quitting because the low wage isn’t worth the stress dealt by customers on a daily basis.

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