So some chick who works at Starbucks is pretty fed up with the fact that she isn’t treated like the wonderful, special, shiny diamond that her parents have been telling her she is for the last twenty-some years, but rather she’s treated as a mindless, clock-punching drone.
In an effort to rally support for her cause, she wrote a letter detailing her plight.
This was covered—with the appropriate levels of snark it deserves—over at Gawker the other day, but I thought it warranted a little bit more publicity here at BSBP to ensure that this letter will continue to spread far and wide.
The letter doesn’t even really require any sort of snide remarks from me.
She takes care of basically mocking how entitled and clueless most young peeps are nowadays when they stumble into the working world for the first time.
(Note: At 28-years-old am I allowed to refer to people 25-and-under as young or do I have to cross the magic threshold into my thirties first?)
Anyway, I’m not going to try and say she doesn’t have some legitimate concerns, but I just find it amusing because she’s clearly writing this as though she’s the first person in the world who has ever worked for a heartless corporation for a shitty wage.
It’s amusing…and oddly depressing all the same.
Here’s her letter:
I am a Starbuck’s barista. I work at one of the busiest drive-thru stores in the country. My fellow employees and I work extremely hard for a company that I thought had our best interests at heart. A lot has been changing in the company, and it has been for the worst.
Today, I walked into our back room which is also our break room. There is not much space, but we have a few fold out chairs and a table. It’s the only place we can go to escape the cavalcade of customers that are constantly in our store. Upper management decided that we did not need a break room anymore, and if we wanted, we could sit in the cafe with the customers, but we were not welcome to eat and relax in the one space we previously had. Unfortunately, our cafe is always fun of customers. We literally have no where to sit. Have you ever worked an eight hour shift at a low wage, thankless job? Sometimes, you just need to sit for a few minutes.
This is not the company I thought it was. The employees are consistently being pushed further away from the forefront of anyone’s mind. We are college graduates, we are artists, we are parents and students, and we deserve basic respect by customers and by our employers. I’ve attached a picture of our new ‘break room’. Where would you like us to sit after we spend hours on our feet keeping your stocks up, Starbucks?
We were told that any complaints would be ignored, and that the policy of no food/drinks in the previous break area would be strictly enforced. Meanwhile, they built a fully furnished conference room IN our Starbuck’s for the upper management to use for meetings, breaks, anything they please. We are not even afforded a place to sit.
We aren’t trying to overthrow the company, we just want a place to eat during our two 10 minute breaks and one unpaid half hour lunch. And we could use a voice if you’re interested.
Take a moment to digest the horrible, once-in-a-generation predicament that has been bestowed up on this poor woman…and then hit it up in the comments.
Snarky responses are not only allowed, but encouraged.