5 Things You're Doing That Are Making Your Barista Hate You

5 Things You're Doing That Are Making Your Barista Hate You

And you probably don't even realize you're doing them.

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It's not secret that a morning Starbucks run is pretty much an integral part of daily life these days. Most of us can't function without our grande skinny vanilla latte or the occasional treat like an iced lemon pound cake. But in the craziness of waiting in line and trying to pull up your reward for before the person in front of you finishes ordering, sometimes we all unintentionally make other people's jobs a little harder. Here are five ways you might be driving your barista crazy.

1. Arguing over surcharges.

Let's get one thing straight: Starbucks is expensive. There's no way around it. While it's frustrating, arguing over a couple extra cents for a drink modification is helping nobody, and when you say "well they never charge me at the other Starbucks," you are most definitely going to be the butt of a joke as soon as you're gone. Baristas are required to charge you, even if they don't want to because they can get in trouble if they don't. At most Starbucks, they literally can't put your order in without adding the surcharges, because the orders are done through the computer.

To make things a bit easier in the future, let me clear things up. One shot of espresso is 80 cents more. Substituting almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk is 60 cents more (unless it's in an iced coffee, then there's no charge). Adding extra pumps of syrup is 50 cents more. One extra pump is usually not enough to constitute a surcharge, but other baristas may do it differently. Like I said, surcharges suck. But you know what else sucks? Being yelled at over 60 cents when you're just trying to get through an eight-hour shift.

2. Assuming we know what you're talking about when you order off the "secret menu."

First of all, there is no secret menu. When you work at Starbucks, you are never trained in a "secret menu." It's just various recipes that people have come up with and posted on the internet. That doesn't mean there's anything wrong with secret menu drinks. A lot of times, they can actually be really fun to make or even try out! But if you try to order a secret menu drink without bringing us a recipe or just assuming we know what it is, that's a problem.

Another thing to keep in mind is that we may have to charge you extra, depending on what's in the drink. We're not trying to punish you. It's just that because these drinks don't exist in the register, we have to use our judgment to decide what the right price is. This is by no means an attempt to discourage you from ordering secret menu drinks. All we ask is that you bring a recipe!

3. Ordering waters at the handoff station.

At the Starbucks where I work, lots of people come up just to order waters because we give them out for free no matter the size. However, sometimes people order at the handoff station rather than the register which can be problematic. See, if there are already drinks that need to be made, or there's a line of customers, ordering at the handoff station can mess up the order of drinks. Plus, it's not fair to customers who are waiting on drinks that they paid for.

Of course, most people don't mean anything bad by this, but when customers do this, I still have to put their drinks at the end of the line. If they already have a paid-for drink that they're waiting for, this can double their waiting time. In the end, it's just simpler and more convenient for everyone, the customer included, to order waters at the register.

4. Getting angry over misspelled names.

This is a tricky one. I always make an effort to spell people's names correctly, because otherwise, it can lead to difficulties identifying whose drink is whose. If somebody has a foreign or unusual name, I almost always ask for the spelling. But, if it's extremely busy, I may cut corners just to quicken things up. For example, if your name is Ashley, but you spell it "Ashleigh," I'm probably just going to spell it the easiest way so that I can quickly help the next customer. It's not a slight against you, but it's just a necessity in order to keep the line moving. Also, all of these cups are going to be thrown away as soon as you're finished with them anyway, so we're generally not too concerned with our handwriting or our spelling, so long as you still know it's your drink. If you do want your name spelled correctly, just immediately spell it out for us!

5. Coming in right before close and expecting us to be fully stocked (or still serve you after hours)

At the Starbucks where I work, the rush always comes right before we're closing. It sucks. It usually dies down maybe 10 minutes before, but not always. It makes sense, because my Starbucks is located on a college campus, and we close right after classes tend to let out. That being said, sometimes we get the occasional customer who comes in two minutes before close and expects us to have everything ready and available for them. Unfortunately, this might not always be the case. Our espresso machines might be shut down and our coffees and teas might be thrown out already. This isn't to deprive people, but if it's three minutes before close and it doesn't look like any more customers are going to show up, it just makes things easier.

Now, if it's 9:58 p.m. and you come into a Starbucks looking for a drink, you have to accept that they might not be able to serve you. In the end, baristas also have had a long day at work, and they also want to go home. Also, the hours of the store are almost always posted outside, so there's no reason not to know when the store is closing. While most customers don't have bad intentions, to some, it can come off as rude if you come in right before close. Obviously, we understand if you need a late pick-me-up before you go into your night shift, or maybe you just want to treat yourself, but please understand that we just might not have everything as opposed to if you had come in earlier.

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3. Animal house poster 

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4. The American Fraternity book

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Holidays That Need More Recognition: November Edition!

Not Just Turkey Month Anymore!

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Here's another list of underappreciated holidays! This time we're looking into November, a month dominated by the thought of Thanksgiving and Veteran's day. However, there are many more holidays that go under the radar throughout the month! Here's this month's top ten! Use these reasons to celebrate, and help others!

National Chicken Lady day -Nov. 4

This holiday sounds pretty food-centered, so I was a little confused when I saw it was categorized under 'Cause,' instead of food. It turns out it was started in honor of Dr. Tina Dupree's efforts in boosting raising the bar around learning and education. "For the past 20 years, Dr. Dupree has helped, inspired, and encouraged thousands of people to live their dreams, achieve their goals, and improve their lives by investing in themselves" (WE For Women Magazine). Read more about her here: https://wemagazineforwomen.com/today-is-national-chicken-lady-day/

World Kindness Day -Nov. 13

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In a world full of suffering and heartache, a day set aside to be kind to one another is a gem to be protected. This day is a day to go out of your way to do something nice, something special for someone else. Everyone needs kindness, and everyone is going through stuff. Use this holiday to be there for someone. Be happy that you were able to positively influence somebody's day! For some good ideas about what to do, check out this site: https://www.naturalbeachliving.com/acts-of-kindness/

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day -Nov. 17, in 2018

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This holiday is both a holiday of remembering, and a holiday of healing. It's a time to remember the lives of loved ones who committed suicide, and also a time when people afflicted by this kind of loss get to tell stories of their grief journey, and heal together, surrounded by people who understand what they're going through. "Survivor Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope." International Survivors of Suicide loss day is a day to be sensitive to others and be there for someone you know. It's also a time to be there for someone who may be showing inclinations toward suicide, and prevent the loss of a life.

National Princess Day -Nov. 18

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National Princess Day is a day when all little girls (and big girls, too) can release their inner princess! Princesses are more than just a dress and a tiara. They are kind, brave, and selfless, all things that we could be. The more we exhibit these traits, the more good we're doing to influence the world. Join in on the celebrations!

National Entrepreneur's Day -Nov. 20

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This holiday celebrates those who are taking a huge leap. National Entrepreneur Entrepreneurs show up all around our worlds. Photographers, YouTubers, DIY-ers, pretty much anyone who starts out on Etsy. Celebrate their bravery and accomplishments on this day by doing something you wouldn't normally do. Maybe go out of your way to hire their services, or take time to purchase something from a smaller business on Etsy. There are a number of ways you can help your community and Economy.

Future Teachers of America Day -Nov. 20

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This day does double holiday duty, taking a day to celebrate those who are going out into the world, risking all they have into their business provider and those that shape the mind of the next (next) generation. The Future Teachers of America day celebrates students who are going to take the next step and change America for the better, by teaching values and math to the people that come after them. Teachers are a huge part of who we are, and why we know what we know.

National Espresso Day-23

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National Espresso Day lets you get some (okay a lot of) caffeine into your system as a part of a celebration! This year the holiday falls on the same day as Black Friday. Celebrate this holiday as a necessity, as who will be able to continue shopping at four in the morning without a shot of espresso?

International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women -Nov. 25

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Women are targets of violence because we are, on average, less physically strong than men. This, of course, makes us targets to violence in any number of ways. This day celebrates women banding together to take a stand against the violence. Every kind of violence needs to stop. Joining the other women internationally to celebrate this holiday is the first step. Make it a movement, and the violence rates can start to go down. Help us celebrate this day and make a difference.

Giving Tuesday -Nov. 27

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Veteran's day -Nov 11/observed Monday

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While almost everyone in America knows about National Veteran's day, it is an underappreciated holiday. Veterans give everything to their country. Often, that includes their lives. When those that come home do, they are meeting with adjustment issues, PTSD, and traumas that can haunt them forever. Yet all we do is post a sign or a Tweet saying thank you? Words, while nice, are not enough. We need to, and we can do more for our veterans. If you were to celebrate any holiday, celebrate this one, however belated it is. Pick a program that can help veterans. And take your time off to do. If you know a veteran, offer to help him out. If he doesn't need help, ask for the names/numbers of friends, to see if you can help them. These are the men and women that sacrifice everything to protect the country. Even if you disagree with their politics, or dislike something they say, they deserve respect and could use some help. To volunteer to help, follow the link: https://www.dav.org/help-dav/volunteer/volunteer-locally-help-veterans/

From Coffee to stopping Violence, here are 10 underappreciated holidays, that you can start celebrating now, and make an immediate difference in your community. Helping others is a big part of a community, and all could benefit from any two holidays off this list. Give to others, support our veterans, and spread kindness.

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