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Sep222011

Starbucks Barista Fired for Viral YouTube Post

Starbucks(CHOWCHILLA, Calif.) -- A California Starbucks barista was fired from his job after a song he wrote poking fun at some of his demanding customers went viral.

After a stressful day at work back in July, Christopher Cristwell posted "The Starbucks Rant Song" on YouTube. While wearing shorts and what appears to be a Starbucks apron, Christopher Cristwell strums away at his guitar singing an off-key, rapid-fire ode to the stereotypical customers that buy the pricey drinks.

In the rant song, Cristwell takes aim at everyone from the rich ladies who must learn that skinny lattes won't make you lose weight to the angry man that pounds on the window when the store is closed.
According to the former barista, his employer was not amused after coming across the video posted on Starbucksgossip.com.

And while it may have gotten laughs from its intended audience at the beginning, two months later, the chain gave him a pink slip.

"If people are offended by the song, I'm sorry but I can't make everybody happy," says the 25-year-old Chowchilla, Calif., resident.

After being fired, Cristwell says there are no hard feelings. "I think they could have handled it a little differently but I'm not trying to tell them how they should do it. The song did poke fun at people employing baristas. I understand their position," Cristwell said.

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