In a viral video, a Starbucks barista said he hated working at the “cold bar” for most of his shift at the coffeehouse chain.
The barista, known as Whiffy (@whiffy__) on TikTok, posted a video of themselves working in a cold bar and not having a good time. The cold bar is where all Starbucks frozen drinks are made. In the video, Whiffy is seen slamming a blender into a sink and roughly pouring in some of the drink he had made.
“When you’ve been on a cold bar for most of your shift,” reads the video’s onscreen text. By Saturday, the video had reached around 1.2 million views.
@whiffy__ I forgot to add the mousse at the end #barista #problems #I #to hate #my #work ♬ original sound – Sir Jiro
Based on comments on the video, cold bar is a hated task among Starbucks baristas.
“I HATE the cold bar so much. unless there’s a second person with me,” one viewer commented. In response, Whiffy wrote, “we never have more than five people working at the same time so a solo cold bar all day.”
“I only like cold bar when it’s slow so I feel like a little magician making potions and decorating stuff,” a second viewer commented.
“Me today because I was on a cold bar my entire shift [and] it was half iced drinks,” said a third.
One viewer, who appeared to be a Starbucks customer, wrote, “Thank you for your service. sincerely, someone who likes cold mixed drinks from Starbucks.
However, the cold bar isn’t so bad for some Starbucks employees.
“Unpopular opinion but I’d rather have a cold bar than a hot bar every day I HATE a hot bar,” said one user.
“I loved doing cold bar because I had my back turned, I don’t need to talk to customers lol,” another user said.
The Daily Dot reached out to the creator via a TikTok comment.
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*First published: July 30, 2022, 11:19 a.m. CDT
Cecilia Lenzen is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Arlington and a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot.