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Former Starbucks Worker Claims 'Pay It Forward' Chain Is 'Extremely Annoying'

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Former Starbucks Worker Claims 'Pay It Forward' Chain Is 'Extremely Annoying'

A former Starbucks employee has criticised Starbucks' 'pay it forward' chain, saying that it is actually 'extremely annoying' for the people who work there.

For those not in the know, the scheme encourages customers to do a good deed by paying for the coffee of the person behind them in the queue.

This is supposed to inspire the next person to do the same, and it's proved successful so far - one chain in Florida made it to 378 people.

Credit: Pexels/Lisa
Credit: Pexels/Lisa

While it seems like a rather nice thing to do, for this particular staff member it's anything but.

Taking to Instagram, she wrote: "I just want to say publicly, as a former Starbucks barista of nearly seven years, since the current Starbucks employees can't say it.

"Pay it forward is extremely annoying and makes everything confusing. It makes it easy to hand out the wrong drinks and just sucks."

She then went into more detail about why it is not ideal, and that the people who are in the queue already can clearly afford their own drinks.

The woman continued: "Instead of paying for the people behind you, who can probably afford their own stuff since they're in line intending to pay, tip the people making your drinks who have been understaffed for months."

Credit: Pexels/Dom J
Credit: Pexels/Dom J

On the other side of the coin, a number of people responded to the former barista's Instagram post to speak in favour of the scheme.

One person wrote: "That's not quite the point of pay it forward. Not against tipping - but it's just not the point."

"As a former Starbucks employee, this person sounds salty AF," added another. "It's really not that hard to keep up with, and I loved when people would do it for others."

Topics: Food, Coffee, Starbucks

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