A Starbucks employee from one of the country's 475,645 kajillion locations claims that the very busy one she works for is mistreating its employees after it eliminated their break room. So Barista X over here has decided to email numerous media outlets to complain about this new policy. She attached the above picture of her fresh hell to prove just how demoralizing it is to have a coffee break in this coffee shop where she gets paid to serve coffee.
I am a Starbuck's barista. I work at one of the busiest drive-thru stores in the country. My fellow employees and I work extremely hard for a company that I thought had our best interests at heart. A lot has been changing in the company, and it has been for the worst.
Today, I walked into our back room which is also our break room. There is not much space, but we have a few fold out chairs and a table. It's the only place we can go to escape the cavalcade of customers that are constantly in our store. Upper management decided that we did not need a break room anymore, and if we wanted, we could sit in the cafe with the customers, but we were not welcome to eat and relax in the one space we previously had. Unfortunately, our cafe is always fun of customers. We literally have no where to sit. Have you ever worked an eight hour shift at a low wage, thankless job? Sometimes, you just need to sit for a few minutes.
This is not the company I thought it was. The employees are consistently being pushed further away from the forefront of anyone's mind. We are college graduates, we are artists, we are parents and students, and we deserve basic respect by customers and by our employers. I've attached a picture of our new 'break room'. Where would you like us to sit after we spend hours on our feet keeping your stocks up, Starbucks?
We were told that any complaints would be ignored, and that the policy of no food/drinks in the previous break area would be strictly enforced. Meanwhile, they built a fully furnished conference room IN our Starbuck's for the upper management to use for meetings, breaks, anything they please. We are not even afforded a place to sit.
We aren't trying to overthrow the company, we just want a place to eat during our two 10 minute breaks and one unpaid half hour lunch. And we could use a voice if you're interested.