There’s nothing worse than being expected to put in a full workday. After all, just think of the many other hours you could spend those eight hours.
That seemed to be the theory of one Starbucks employee, who indicated that the coffee chain giant was asking too much by requiring a regular work shift.
“People wonder why we need a union at Starbucks. And I am literally about to quit,” Eva Sunshine, who goes by “Evan” said in a social media video. “Like, I don’t know if I’m going to do it. But like I really want to, I almost walked out today. And I’m crying in the back room right now and I almost cried on the floor.
“It’s just … like I’m a full time student, I get scheduled for 25 hours a week. And then on weekends, they scheduled me the entire day, open to close, I’m on the schedule for eight-and-a-half hours, both Saturday and Sunday. I’m like, three-and-a-half hours into my shift.”
This particular Starbucks is located in Ithaca, N.Y. Its demanding schedule nearly caused Sunshine to feel particularly gloomy — and practically hyperventilate in the video.
“There’s so many customers and we have four people on the floor all day. Only five people were put on the schedule, and somebody had to call out. And there are four people running the whole store, and there’s so many customers and the boss only scheduled five people. We only have 13 people employed at this store. And there’s so many customers…We don’t have fair scheduling; managers don’t care about us.”
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Sunshine is transgender and claims to have been treated poorly by one customer. While not cool, of course, that has nothing to do with Starbucks management.
“There’s so many mobile orders and I need to get through all of them and then people are yelling at me because I don’t have their orders ready,’ Sunshine said.
“And the customer was misgendering me today, like really badly. I didn’t have their order ready. And so, they were just like totally talking to each other and like, ‘She’s clearly incompetent,’ I have a full mustache and beard.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, responses to the video painted Sunshine as a little more than an incessant whiner. A lot of people said they wished they too could receive more hours at their job. That, of course, would mean more money.
According to the majority of responses, Sunshine needs to grow up.
But Sunshine didn’t want to hear it.
“[F]or the people telling me to grow up or get another job, [I’m] an ivy league pre-law student, [I] could get any job [I] want if [I] cared about that,”: Sunshine wrote. “[I’m] staying at this job solely to ensure that our union efforts are seen through to empower people who are not as privileged as [I] am.”
Well, there you have it. A darn good reason to apply for a job, get a job, but get mad when you actually are scheduled to work at the job.