The barista, Sinead Robbins, posted an image of a label showing that a customer had purchased only a 5-cent bag from the coffee chain’s online app, but then tried to include their entire drink order in the extra “order request” section.
The customer had written, “Hi, could I please have a grande strawberry creme frap with no whipped cream and a strawless lid,” before adding a cheerful “thank you!” in the order request section.
Robbins was not amused by this attempted hack and responded in the video, “This is not a Starbucks hack. It was a little bit funny but it won’t work. We canceled the order.”
The video has since been viewed over 4.2 million times on TikTok.
Many users couldn’t believe that someone would actually try this hack to save money.
Some users even joked about pouring the frappe into the 5-cent bag, while others expressed their disbelief that someone would try to get extra food for free in this way.
Some users also commented that they would have just made the order for the customer, as they “don’t get paid enough to care.”
This incident highlights the growing trend of so-called “life-hacks” that are circulating on the internet, particularly on social media platforms like TikTok.
While some of these hacks may seem clever or harmless, it’s important to remember that businesses have policies in place to protect their profits and that attempting to cheat the system can have negative consequences.
In this case, the customer’s order was simply cancelled and they did not receive the drink they requested.
These baristas and other front-line workers are often paid low wages and have to deal with demanding customers, the last thing they need is to deal with someone trying to cheat the system.
While it may be tempting to try and find ways to save money, it’s important to remember that businesses have policies in place to protect their profits and attempting to cheat the system can have negative consequences.
Additionally, attempting to cheat the system is disrespectful to the employees who work hard to provide a service. Instead of looking for ways to cheat the system, customers should focus on being respectful and honest with the businesses they visit.
The original video has been taken down.