The Holidays and Your Starbucks Barista!

Drop $1 in the tip jar every day between now and New Year’s Day and send a message of thanks to some of the hardest workers you’ll encounter in your life.

I know you are out there, people like me, who stop in Starbucks at least once a day.  Your day is seems skewed if you don’t make that stop, and you miss your double tall non-fat one pump no whip mocha.  This post is for you, and for the baristas that serve us.

When I have time to sit at the Starbucks bar and work, I can’t help but notice how hard the Starbucks employees work.  On their feet, scrambling to and fro, with very little if any time to rest.  They serve regular customers and exchange pleasantries by name, they serve surly customers and treat them kindly, and yes sometimes they become impatient because, well, their job is really difficult.   

Today I sit in my local Starbucks, at the bar, watching the 4 baristas working at a frenetic pace.  There is a line nearly to the door, perhaps 20 people long, and surely they will dispense with it in 5 minutes or less.  I’m told they may serve 1,000 customers today, and they’ll do it with a total of 10 baristas.  What if we each drop $1 in their tip bucket today?  That’s $100 each, tax free (sorry IRS!), for each of these employees.  Let’s each do our part to make that happen!

One last thought.  If you are like me and even need to go to Starbucks on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, may I suggest that these are mornings in which parting with a $5 or $10 bill wouldn’t be a bad idea either.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


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