There are a lot of ways to cheat on your Starbucks order on the internet, but this one went way too far.
This week, a worker at one of the Massachusetts locations of the coffee chain shocked TikTok by displaying a shameless attempt by a life hacker to obtain a free beverage.
Sinead Robbins, a barista, posted a picture of a label on the online app that showed a customer had only bought a 5-cent bag. She then tried to include their entire drink order in the extra “order request” section.
Before concluding with a cheery “thank you!” the customer wrote, “Hi, could I please have a grande strawberry creme frap with no whipped cream and a strawless lid?”
The app scheme did not impress Robbins.
The 22-year-old says in the video, which has been viewed over 4.2 million times, “This is not a Starbucks hack.” It was funny in a small way, but it won’t work. We put an end to the order.
Robbins continued, “Don’t do this.”
It baffled a lot of users that anyone would actually try this to save money. See also the viral TikTok videos in which Starbucks workers share money-saving hacks. I’m a barista at Starbucks: One user wrote, “I would’ve poured the frappe into the bag.” This is how you save money and get free refills.
Another person laughed, “Teenagers watching too many “hacks” on TikToks lol.”
“When I worked in a restaurant, people would do this all the time, asking for extra food in the special instructions rather than paying for it?” Another said it with doubt.
Others stated that they would simply have issued the order.
Is there really only one person who would actually make it for them? One woman wrote, “And this is coming from someone who works at Starbucks.”
Another person agreed, “Same.” I’m not compensated enough to care.
Fast-food workers have found a safe haven on TikTok to share their pet peeves. Starbucks employees, in particular, have used the app to talk about the customers they don’t like serving and the orders and hacks they don’t like.