Baristas have an interesting job of having to create very intricate and delicate caffeinated drinks for the masses as they commute to and from work.
Unfortunately, that job comes with some really gross after-effects. People are weird. They have very specific and somewhat repulsive requests.
And then you have to make those things. You have to stomach it all.
Here were some of those answers.
I once had a customer ask for a extra caramel Frappuccino and to make him "regret asking for so much caramel"
I put in 15 pumps each of the regular caramel sauce and dark caramel sauce as well as covering the entire inside of the cup in drizzle
He left the store and then came back in a few minutes later to tell me that was the best drink he's ever had
Pure Unadulterated Chocolate
I don't know if anyone remembers, but for a hot minute Starbucks had a thing called Chantico, which was marketed as a "drinking chocolate". It was basically a cup of melted chocolate, the consistency of thinned brownie batter, meant to be drunk in 4 oz cups exclusively.
A woman came in and ordered a Grande.
She miraculously survived and came back the next day and ordered a Venti.
I still don't know how she choked it down.
Expensive AND Gross
I had a guy hand me his own mug and I kid you not - ordered a vanilla late with 12 shots of espresso.
Actually I clearly remember him saying 17 shots but everyone else was like "oh he usually just gets 10!" So I say 12 now to be on the safe side,
His drink was like $21 and mostly just espresso with a little milk and syrup. He also told me he'd been trying to cut down on caffeine lately
Not a barista but was a regular at a coffee shop near a halfway house. A guy would frequently come in and order a red eye with 10 shots of espresso. He claimed it helped keep him off the harder drugs.
Not What I Ordered, But Cool
Not gross but just funny that always makes me laugh. One time someone ordered a cold hot chocolate. Halfway through me making it i realized i was just making chocolate milk. So i added some vanilla syrup and whip cream and he was very happy with it lol.
Hint Of A Hint
Former barista here- I remember clearly 2 years ago a lady wanted a latte with Splenda. However, she didn't actually want Splenda in the latte. She wanted me to open the packet near her latte so that she could get only a "hint" of Splenda.
Weird Flex But Ok
When I was a barista, several middle aged men who were regulars would insist on hot coffee. They would loudly and frequently proclaim the coffee they order, in general, is never hot enough. I guess they wanted to emphasize their pain threshold to me, an 18 year old girl who just wanted to go home and watch tv.
It's difficult to make very hot coffee without burning the milk. But often they'd order black coffee and I'd literally give them boiling water and they'd say it wasn't hot enough. If I made it hotter, it would convert the liquid state to a gaseous form and evaporate. Then they'd talk about their Lexus or something for awhile. I never saw them drink it, so I guess they'd leave, wait for it to cool down, and then drink it. Weirdest courting ritual I've ever experienced.
Large And In Charge
In the 7 years I've been in the fast coffee industry, I'll always come back to one drink.
A nonfat (lol) caramel Frappuccino with an entire 16oz bottle of caramel drizzle in it, plus 10 pumps of peppermint syrup. Topped with whip and...you guessed it; more caramel.
Oh, and she wanted two large sized ones. Every day. 6am sharp.
Two Completely Different Tastes
A mocha frappuccino with coke, sprite, and strawberry syrup added. When informed we were out of strawberry, they settled for grape as a substitute.
Former Dunkin barista. I had a few people order iced coffees with so much liquid sugar that the cup was 3/4 full before adding the coffee.
I'm not sure if this qualifies as "weird" rather than just pants on head stupid- but I once had a vapid college girl order an iced latte "but like, with no coffee". I explained what that would be, and she said that was okay.
We had no way to charge for that other than just charging her for the full latte, so the girl happily paid $4 for a 16oz cup of milk and ice.
Spillage is an issue. It is an embarrassing issue.
I hate spilling anything.
One of the main reasons is because I don't understand the damage.
I feel like when I'm cleaning a spilled ounce of water, it's an ocean. Liquid is deceptive. And scientifically it makes no sense.
But liquid is not the only thing that can spill over and cause drama.
Redditor Mixed-chick_with_cat wanted to discuss all the things we need to be more careful around, by asking:
"What's the worst thing you could possibly spill?"
As an ex waiter, wine—red wine specifically—was always the devil.
Do you know what spilling red wine can cost?
That's why I had a second job.
"Glitter." ~ LatterBlood
"I worked in a craft store and some toddler grabbed a glass canister of superfine glitter and threw it on the ground when their mother wasn't looking. It shattered. Glitter and glass everywhere. That aisle was never free of glitter ever again." ~ gentlybeepingheartGiphy
Warning: it's not a pretty story...
"An Organic mercury compound called dimethylmercury. It's ^edit: one of the strongest neurotoxin known to us. Even a small drop is enough to cause severe mercury poisoning. What makes it the worst thing to spill is that clean up will be difficult. It can penetrate latex (rubber gloves) and plastic."
"An expert died within 10 months of accidental exposure when a few drops landed on her gloves. The chemical seeped through her gloves and into her skin and caused neurological damage. If you want to read up on her, her name is Karen Wetterhahn. Warning: it's not a pretty story." ~ veryfascinating
"Pretty obviously, chlorine trifluoride." ~ SchillMcGuffin
"I work on systems used to handle aggressively awful chemicals and I always laugh seeing the really boring-looking text about how you can't have sprinklers on chlorine trifluoride ones."
"There's boring-looking text for other crazy things but nothing is funnier than casually seeing reject nazi chemical/incendiary weapons mentioned on a daily basis. There's also a safety bulletin about it talking about how the one time it did spill it burned through a foot of concrete and three feet of gravel." ~ deliciouslyexplosive
"Maybe not the absolute worst but powdered freaking sugar. Did it the other day. I'll never find it all. It's coated my entire home." ~ im-choading-you
"One time while at work, my cat somehow opened my cupboard and got into the bag of powdered sugar. When I say it was everywhere I mean everywhere. Kitchen, living room, bedroom even up the sides of the curtains. Looks like he had a great time tossing the bag around, would of loved to have been a fly on the wall to see that. But holly crap was it a pain to clean up." ~ chalrs123
"Nitroglycerin." ~ bnutbutter78
"Unless you're trying to blow up yourself or wherever you spilt it on. That stuff blows up if you look at it the wrong way." ~ Zkenny13
We need to do away with glitter.
It lives forever.
As if I'm not scared enough.
"Your guts... Metaphorically and literally speaking at same time." ~ turn_your_compoteGiphy
"Bong water." ~ twig123456789
"Yeah had a mate whose flat mate kept spilling his. So my friend says 'when we move out you're paying to clean the carpets.' Nasty bugger (nah, he was a sweet guy) just moved out and didn't do it. It almost ruins carpets." ~ hastingsnikcox
"I have a silicone bong and while it's nice that it won't shatter, it's way too tall and top-heavy and i spill it constantly. That smell permeates." ~ plantiewitch
"Never cried over spilt milk until after a 4am breast pumping session. I was still struggling to build up enough stock to go back to work. It was the most oz I had pumped all damn day and it slipped on the counter as I was putting on the lid. Instant devastation." ~ Melbee86
Save the meal...
"The pot of chili." ~ endofthehold
"Going to a fall picnic in the Appalachian mountains. Brother-in-law driving, his wife (my sister) in the passenger seat, me and my younger sister in the back. They were arguing about something and he whipped the car into a parking area."
"The pot of chili at my sister's feet toppled over and emptied all over her feet and the floor mat. Thankfully it wasn't scalding hot and there was plenty of food from other family members to eat at the picnic." ~ NagromTrebloc
"A good drink." ~ yepotabog
"I dropped a full bottle of whiskey. Was thinking of going back the next day to put flowers there. I still have the bottleneck that was never opened. I now hold the box from the bottom." ~ scapegoat_88Giphy
And never... NEVER waste alcohol!
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You've probably heard someone describe an experience as "better than sex" before.
The range of things that can be almost orgasmic without having anything at all to do with sex might surprise you.
Redditor mackeastman asked:
"What's an orgasmic feeling that isn't an orgasm?"
The Temperature Difference Is Just Perfection
"After working outside on a hot ass day all day, having nice, cold drink is damn near heaven for a few seconds."
"Any sweet cold drink tastes like the drink of gods when parched for the first 5 seconds. Pure euphoria."
"When you hold the scissors still and they cut straight through the wrapping paper."
"The glide of kings."
Sweet, Sweet Solid Food
"I'm on Chemotherapy, and I recently went 50 days without keeping down solid food. The first time I digested unbuttered mashed potatoes with chicken broth, It felt like a non-stop 3 hour orgasm the entire way through."
Free The Feet!
"Taking my boots off after working in them all day."
"Or ski boots after not working all day."
So Dry. Much warm.
"Putting on comfy dry socks."
"Fresh out of the dryer, on a winter morning."
So Much Relief
"Cracking your back when you really need it. Better than sex sometimes"
An End To Annoyance
"When that piece of popcorn finally comes out from between your teeth or gums."
To Finally Breathe Properly
"The moment when you've been congested all day and one nostril finally opens."
No More Pony Tail
"letting your hair down after a long day in a ponytail."
"It almost hurts at first but it’s so satisfyingly good."
"That part of a great song that makes your spine tingle."
A lot of truly non-sexual experiences can feel almost orgasmic—if not even better.
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What makes you cringe when you see a movie advertised for the first time?
Although there have been some half decent adaptations the biggest “well that's going to suck" red flag for this writer is seeing the movie is adapted from a novel I have read.
If you haven't read the book typically the movie is good. However, if you know and loved the book, seeing the film adapt the story away from the beloved literature can be painful to watch.
This always leaves a tricky choice for the adapters themselves as well. Do they stay truer to the book and make a movie that's hours long or make a nip and tucked version to fit it into 120 minutes?
One thing for sure is there are many signs of a would be flop of a movie. TerabyteAIX wanted to know more.
“What just screams 'this movie is gonna suck'?"
Que unimaginative fireworks here…
“When the main male character (teen) meets the main female character (teen) for the first time and it's just like: Sparkles! Sparkles! Time slows! Love at first sight!”
“No but like they actually make it slow motion and add like a billion special effects with the guy just staring open mouthed at her. It's so dumb.” GraceOfTheNight
“Forced exposition: characters saying stuff unnatural to fill in the audience on backstory.”
Example: "Ugh, what would mom and dad say? ‘I don't know; they're gone. They died when I was three, remember?’” ypsmGiphy
When it’s a money grab…
"Beloved childhood story, starring three actors that were hired not because they'd be a good fit, but because they have loads of name recognition. Limping into a theater near you this summer! Our accountants rave 'This'll sucker some money from some fans!" CaptValentine
“Like that Star Wars when they show Han Solo at the end of the trailer. He's 75 years old but he's still wearing the same clothes and standing in the same ratty ship next to chewy. ‘Hey remember this guy? Yeah we got him here come see the der der deeerrr’” Historicmetal
A bad sign…
“When it's a comedy and the trailer isn't even funny - like, they couldn't even find 15 seconds of humor in their movie." bdbr
Glad you had fun—however….
“When all the cast talk about what a blast they had making the movie. That's a bad sign." Pytia007
“It's like only talking about how great the atmosphere or service is at a restaurant, that's not why you are going there." timesuck897
“Movies that try hard to use today's memes or slang lol. Like you are trying tooo hard to be relatable and it's cringey” idkwhat2putasmyuserr
“And given how long it takes to produce a movie vs how fast memes move on it's always a dated reference too.” ReallyHadToFixThatGiphy
“I couldn't care less…"
“I remember when Batman Vs Superman came out, Warner brothers must have realised how big a piece of crap this movie is so they tried this with a bunch of new TV trailers only there weren't any positive reviews. The solution? Add a bunch of random peoples tweets that were positive. I burst out laughing." insane_knight
“I've noticed this trend in the media in general. I see numerous articles that pull random tweets as if their opinion has any merit. I couldn't careless what @queefburglar69 thought about the Senate spending bill, and apparently the writer didn't either because they couldn't be bother to interview anyone." Jezus53
The word does not mean what you think it means…
“When the commercials all feature one or two word reviews, like "Dazzling", "Spectacular", or "Epic".” stinky_cheese33
“And there'll all from the same reviewer” Weekly_Noodle
Stinkburger with an extra side of one star reviews…
“In the 80s and 90s there was a trend where if there were NO positive reviews for a movie the commercial for the film would be people coming out of a screening raving about how hilarious/exciting/scary the movie was. That marketing trend is done but at the time that was a guarantee that the movie was a real stinkburger.” Groovy_Chainsaw
When even the stars stay away...
“A sequel with none of the original actors except for that one guy's dad.” Steph_Allen
When we get excited to spend money at the local theater we look forward to a good show.
But if you see any of these film red flags, there's a good chance your popcorn will be better than your movie.
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As the years go on, we start to find out more and more terrible things big corporations have done to their workers, their consumers and the environment.
University of Virginia Law professor Brandon Garrett wrote a book called Too Big to Jail. He told Vox prosecutors haven't been following through with the prosecution, only stopping at fines. As much as the fines have gone up in amounts, they have expressed leniency with corporations in hopes they stop breaking laws.
That hasn't seemed to have happened.
Redditors shared which companies are the most evil of them all.
Redditor outdropp asked:
"What is the world's most evil company and why?"
It's incredible what lengths they will go to for money.
A bad history.
"Chiquita bananas - I'm not sure if they're that evil currently but they have a really bad history of killing protesting workers, starting wars and supporting terrorist organizations."
"Ah yes. United Fruit Company. Who used their connections with the American government to overthrow a government in Guatemala because they cared too much about labour rights. And that's not all they've done. Massacre and bananas go hand in hand."
"Imagine destabilizing an entire country just to secure a f*cking banana crop. Absolute bastards."
"The term 'banana republic' came from their relations with nations like Honduras."
"Was looking for this. Kinda crazy that the clothing brand Banana Republic became so popular despite this morbid allegiance."
"That is bananas."
Poisoning everything and everyone.
"I am a little biased since I just saw Dark Waters but Dupont."
"The montage where they went over every contaminated product still haunts me. I got rid of every teflon pan I had and switched to cast iron after that. Obviously too late, but it's a start.
For those interested, the document on DuPont and Teflon manufacturing is available on YouTube in some countries. It's fairly disturbing however."
"I live 20 minutes away from Parkersburg WV, and you'd be surprised how little people in the area know about DuPont."
"Then the PR campaign is working effectively."
"I came for this. DuPont is the biggest evil company most people haven't heard of. They have their hands on or in everything that's made yet no one know much about them. I'm convinced it's because they have so much money they pay to stay under the radar."
"Also you know, they poisoned our entire planet with C8."
"The entire reason weed was illegal and hemp wasn't popular in the United States is because in WWII they lobbied to get the contract to make all the rope for our navy during the war for cheap using nylon. In turn they wanted to have their competitor, I can't remember the name, put out of business and they made hemp rope that was way strong and cheaper to manufacture. So congress put a HUGE tax on hemp that paved the way for weed to be illegal to smoke and hemp pretty much impossible to grow legally."
The own or operate nearly every brand.
"Nestle - Too many reasons to list."
"I'm thinking now maybe I should avoid Nestlé products but they apparently operate SO MANY different companies it would be nearly impossible to avoid Nestlé. I'd have to make drastic life/diet changes, adjust meal planning, my morning routine, shopping routes, budget for more expensive alternative products, etc. Plus I'd have to take time to research and memorize what companies are Nestlé-owned and make sure the alternative companies aren't equally unethical."
"Like boycotting would take over my life and would likely be viewed as an unhealthy obsession..."
"I checked out r/f*cknestle as one of the folks who replied on here suggested, right in their main page is a picture of all the companies. Just take a screenshot and save the photo to your phone. Instant access and reminder for the companies. That's what I did."
"They also have this linked in the pinned post where you can type a brand and see if it's a Nestle brand. It's not perfect, I searched for Crunch since it's a Nestle Crunch bar and it didn't show, but it's better than nothing."
"Try the app Buycott. It's free and let's you avoid companies you don't like and tells you how others are ethically and whether their product is ethically sourced."
Leaders in the climate crisis.
"Most fast fashion brands. Child labor, wasting horrible amount of water while polluting it, burning or throwing the unsold clothes into the ocean etc."
"I can't help but thinking that all mainstream products in the world are built on top of suffering, and that anything remotely ethical is just extremely expensive and scarce."
"It's completely down to money, end of story."
"Did you know that over 90% of everything you recycle, doesn't actually get recycled? That only 20-30%, depending on where you read, of all cardboard actually gets recycled, as in properly used again?"
"That the cost of buying new cardboard for companies now is CHEAPER than recycling it, or buying recycled cardboard."
"That recycling companies like Biffa sell their recycling by the ton, and were caught mislabeling nappies, sanitary towels and clothes marked as "waste paper" which is cheaper of course."
"Recycling is a BUSINESS, and like all businesses, profits are all that matter."
"We need to wake up to the fact that buying an electric car, replacing your lightbulbs, buying bags for life, eating less meat, it's all a puny drop in the ocean even if you combined everyone doing it. Because 100 companies produce 71% of the world's total pollution."
A sketchy church.
"I mean Church of Scientology is pretty sketchy."
"There was a period of about 8 months on Reddit back somewhere in 2014-2016 in which former Scientologists were all sharing their experiences on here and then it was like it all of a sudden stopped. It made me wonder if Reddit corporate got pressure from the church."
"I like this reply because Scientology is not a religion or anything similar and should be considered money making COMPANY."
Asbestos in their baby powder.
"Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its baby powder."
"Scrolled this far just to find J&J mentioned. It was unbelievable how long they kept this under wraps despite reports from way earlier regarding how carcinogenic their powder was turning out to be. Especially increasing incidence of ovarian cancer in women."
"J&J doesn't have anything on Bayer…"
These corporate entities are literally destroying everything they touch and getting away with it.
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