Twenty-five-year-old Christopher Cristwell was recently fired from his job at the Starbucks in Chowchilla, California for posting a YouTube video of himself playing guitar and singing about his frustrations working as a barista. It was obviously a cathartic exercise for the Icelandic-born Cristwell, but his stereotyping of coffee orders by race some may find offensive, and you learn more than you probably need to know about being on the other side of the counter.
Cristwell posted the video back in July, but after it was picked up by a popular Starbucks blog last week, some corporate bigwigs caught wind of it, and Cristwell was history. He insists that the ditty was intended to be satire, and says:
"They were really cool about it. The regional manager complimented me on my creative ability — not on that specific song — and then asked me why I did it. They were really trying to find out about my intent behind the videos."
The video started drawing attention after it was posted to the front page of StarbucksGossip.com, and was subsequently featured on national news websites. Cristwell is of course hopeful that the recognition will lead to something in the singer-songwriter area, but perhaps checking out one of those James Taylor instructional videos and sticking with his EMT studies would be more the ticket as of now. He went on to record a follow-up video, uploaded on Tuesday, in which he expressed his fondness and appreciation for his colleagues, but also reverted to getting his still-festering grievances off his chest about those annoying customers.