An alleged Starbucks worker shared “the absolute worst day” they experienced while working at the coffee giant.
Working in line with the COVID-19 adjustments of 2020 was a hard task for many workers, but when it leads to inconveniences like this, it makes it even harder.
TikTok user and former barista Thurston Owens (@thurstyboi) racked up over 850,000 likes on the post in which he showed what that day entailed.
The video, with over five million views, showed a plastic screen divider spread across the floor along with spilled syrups covering the floor and counters.
Another worker could be seen continuing to work in the background, making drinks on the clean counter.
In a second video, Owens explained that the video was taken at the very start of his time at Starbucks and was in a recently opened store at the start of the pandemic.
“This was the peak of COVID starting, so we had the dividers up,” he explained. “One of my co-workers actually ran into it and then that hit the other one and knocked all the syrups down, every single one of them, all over the floor.”
“It was a big mess, it took like two hours to clean and we also did serve people still,” he said, and we “just kinda worked around the mess.”
The mixture of him only recently starting, and the store being relatively new, made it a “pretty interesting day,” he added.
The chaos shown on the “absolute worst day” sparked shock among viewers, with many promising that they would have simply walked out if they had been on shift during it.
“At that point, y’all gotta just abandon that location and start fresh tbh,” wrote one user.
“I would literally just walk out,” added another.
“As an ex-barista, I would have cried,” noted one former barista.
Newsweek has contacted @thurstyboi and Starbucks for comment.
Starbucks baristas taking to the internet to share behind-the-scenes of their roles has become somewhat of its own unique genre in recent months. Many take to social media to express little-known aspects of their employment, often focusing on the chaos the public-facing role can sometimes entail.
Earlier this year, an alleged Starbucks barista took to Twitter to share an image of the consequence of lengthy delays, with customers leaving behind piles of orders after a 40 minute wait.
The tweet amassed more than 200,000 likes, and can be seen here, as he followed up with more information in subsequent posts. “On a good morning, we’ll have maybe one or two leftover drinks people couldn’t wait for,” he wrote.