Baristas-- the masters of your well-made, tasty drinks at your go-to coffee shop. How can you live without them? They are in charge of preparing your god-send, your coffee (or coffees), that get you through the long and grueling days. Their job is everything but easy, and can get pretty chaotic at times. Often having to turn down nightly plans due to the fact that they have an early shift in the morning, they are sacrificing their social lives to make the drinks you can't live without. Here's a little glance at what they go through during most shifts.
1. Fighting over a Sharpie with coworkers.
2. Customers asking for deals that don't exist.
Customer: "Hi, I saw this deal online that says I get a five-dollar gift card with this purchase. Is that true?"
Barista: "No, I'm sorry, the online deals aren't the same as in our stores, but we can get you the drink."
Customer: "I can't believe how unprofessional this is. I am furious. My drink should be free."
3. Customers trying to get free drinks.
People come in all the time pretending it's their birthday, or that their drink didn't taste right. That's what happens when people want a free coffee.
4. "Do you guys sell hamburgers here?"
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No, I'm sorry, this is a coffee/pastry shop. You can find hamburgers at your local burger joint down the road. Sorry to disappoint.
5. "Why are your drinks so expensive?"
Thank you for asking me that question, because as a barista, I totally know the answer to that.
6. Going to bed at 6:30 to prepare for your early morning shift.
Most of the time, baristas end up working at five-thirty or six in the morning. Sometimes, they might even work a little earlier than that. So in order to prepare, they've got to get their beauty rest.
7. Being so stressed that you "misplace" items sitting right in front of you.
Sometimes, when it gets busy, you can't find the stuff that you need. It's probably sitting right there, but for some reason your stress overload prohibits you from being able to find the item you need.
8. Customers complaining about waiting in line, when they haven't even been waiting that long.
9. Giving someone decaf when they are rude to you.
10. Preparing free drinks when your friends come by.
11. "I wanted that iced."
When a customer is suddenly unhappy with their drink, you know that they wanted it iced. However, they forgot to mention that little detail in their order.
12. You somehow accidentally cut yourself during every shift.
Whether it's cardboard or paper tags, if you're a barista, you've cut yourself at least once by accident. It's not a fun time.
14. Having coffee dried to your skin for many days.
Oh look, a freckle! Just kidding. That's totally a spot of mocha you spilled on yourself two days ago.
15. People getting angry when you spell their name wrong on cups.
16. When coworkers want to hang out outside of work.
17. Indefinitely smelling like a vanilla latte hours after your shift ends.
18. Being on bar and hearing someone order many frappuccinos.
You've been working for the past five hours, and it's finally starting to slow down. Suddenly, a group of teenage girls come in with their mothers. You know it's game over.
19. Customers pulling up really far away from the drive-thru window.
It's a great moment whenever you open up the window to give someone their drink, and they are literally parked a mile away from you. So then you end up planking on the window sill. Hey, life of a barista.
20. When you clean more at work than at home.
Since you're probably at work more than your own house, you tend to clean up more at work than you do at home. It's nothing personal, but you have to clean up at work, and sometimes you're too tired to clean up when you get home from work.
Life of a barista can be tricky. It can be stressful. Chaotic. Hilarious. But at the end of the day, your baristas wouldn't have it any other way. Their day is made by the tomfoolery of customers.