A Starbucks employee has ranted about how a very picky order consisting of thirteen modifications made him ‘wanna quit’ his job – and now other Starbucks baristas are saying it’s part of a bigger problem of Gen Z ordering trendy drinks they find on TikTok.
US-based barista Josie took to Twitter to vent his frustration over an incredibly complicated Venti Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino order, which a demanding customer named Edward had placed in Van Nuys, California on May 1.
A photo of the plastic cup shows that the customer requested 13 add-ons and changes to the drink, including extra caramel drizzle, seven pumps of caramel sauce, extra ice, extra cinnamon dolce topping, and heavy cream – all of which makes the standard drink take longer to make.
The post has prompted other Starbucks employees to share similarly complex and torturous drink orders, with some complaining that trendy ‘TikTok drinks’ are to blame.
What’s more, they’re saying these drinks aren’t just a hassle for Starbucks employees to make, but that they also make lines move slower and contribute to longer wait times for other customers.
A Starbucks employee has gone viral after venting about a very complicated Venti Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino that a picky customer named Edward ordered (pictured)
Josie (pictured) joked that the drink was so complicated that it nearly made him want to quit his job
‘On today’s episode of why I wanna quit my job,’ Josie tweeted, sharing a photo of the cup.
A traditional Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino is made with coffee, milk, ice and caramel syrup, which are blended and topped with a layer of dark caramel sauce, whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and a crunchy caramel-sugar topping.
But the customer, Edward, put in a mobile order with a long list of specifications, including five bananas, extra caramel drizzle, extra whipped cream, extra ice, extra cinnamon dolce topping, seven pumps additional dark caramel sauce, extra caramel crunch, one pump honey blend, extra salted brown butter, five pumps Frappuccino roast coffee, seven additional servings of Frappuccino chips, heavy cream, and double blended.
‘Geez. That some high maintenance right there. I’m guessing Edward is single,’ wrote one commenter, while a second joked: ‘I knew it had to be an app order. No one would order that out loud making eye contact.’
Soon, other baristas across the globe were also shared screengrabs of orders from fussy customers they’ve also had the displeasure of having to deal with.
One Starbucks barista shared a snap of a Green Tea Creme Frappuccino with 29 additional changes, writing: ‘This order comes in every other week.’
The tweet soon prompted other baristas to share their own nightmare orders
One woman, from California, shared an image a drink with 11 customizations
A particularly shocking Green Tea Creme Frappuccino order came with 29 changes. Worse still, the barista said, ‘This order comes in every other week’
Another barista shared an image of a customer’s very demanding changes to a Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew order (pictured)
Another shared an image of a Caffè Misto, which had 30 extra demands – including 24 pumps of syrup – and commented: ‘I raise you this.’
A third wrote: ‘I was behind a woman who had an order that ridiculous and insisted it be heated to 37 degrees celsius… ‘not 36, not 38–I will KNOW the difference.’
Yet another showed off an order for a Cherry Mocha Frappucino in San Diego, California that was so long it required two stickers to fit all the customizations.
One more showed an order for a Mango Dragonfruit lemonade woth so many customizations that the sticker was longer than the Venti cup.
But while making a few modifications or specifications is not unusual – people might choose a different type of milk or extra pump of syrup – such a long list of changes means that drinks take much longer to make than usual, which baristas say can lengthen lines and wait times.
Many are blaming this on trendy ‘TikTok drinks,’ pointing to videos of content creators ordering extremely complicated drinks and sharing the recipes with followers.
‘I’m going to get yelled at for this by some but I just think it’s so selfish to order insane drinks like this at a Starbucks and it’s become so prevalent especially due to TikTok,’ tweeted journalist Yashar Ali. ‘I don’t care if you’re paying for it, it’s still selfish.’
Trendy: Many are blaming this on trendy ‘TikTok drinks,’ pointing to videos of content creators ordering extremely complicated drinks and sharing the recipes with followers
Maya, who goes by @starbucksrecipeswithm on TikTok, has shared several viral videos with various drink recipes, including one for a Skittles Frappuccino that has been liked 5.9 million times
One TikToker name Anna, who goes by @annaxsitar, shares popular videos of herself ordering customized drinks