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Topless Singing Starbucks Employee Fired For YouTube Video [2 VIDEOS]


Christopher Cristwell, 25, is a Starbucks employee with a knack for satire. When he uploaded an acoustic ballad about his employer -- performed in nothing but shorts and a green Starbucks apron -- it quickly went viral. Viral Youtube videos can be launching pads for careers, but in this case, Cristwell was fired.

In rhyming couplets, Cristwell singingly admits to various behaviors that might give the corporate bigwigs pause: giving customers decaf when there's no fresh regular, mocking rich white women for thinking a skinny vanilla latte is a sensible diet drink, giving free stuff to his friends, secretly making not nonfat cappuccinos, and making Frappacinos out of whipped cream.

In general, he paints an unflattering portrait of the world's largest coffee chain: customers who are terrible people, food and beverage offerings that will induce heart disease and diabetes, and an oppressive grind of a workday for minimum wage.

"This is Starbucks, I don't want to see you yawn./Well you made me get my ass up at the buttcrack of dawn."

"While Christopher was expressing his own views in the video, the disparaging remarks about our customers and company are unacceptable and out of line with our commitment to our customers and partners (employees)," said the company in a statement on Wednesday.

The company has been "really cool about it" though, Cristwell told the Merced Sun-Star. He had several meetings with the managers before he was ultimately dismissed from Starbucks in Chowchilla, Calif., and won some praise from bosses. "The regional manager complimented me on my creative ability -- not on that specific song -- and then asked me why I did it. They were really trying to find out about my intent behind the videos."

Starbucks, of course, sees in every incident an opportunity for business improvement and increased market share. Cristwell, however, needs a new job and has been furiously passing out resumes.

"I have bills to pay and I hope the video doesn't affect my ability to get hired," he says. "It's just a comedy song. I really am a good employee."

But perhaps Cristwell should be dreaming bigger than minimum wage in Chowchilla. "I really enjoy singing and songwriting," he says. "If it turns into something, that would be a dream job for me. I'll just take it as it goes, I'll roll with it."

 

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Comment by T.K. Williams-Hurlston on September 28, 2011 at 3:30am
EVERYONE SHOULD BE FORCED TO WORK A CUSTOMER SERVICE JOB WHEN THEY TURN 16 BEFORE THEY GET A DRIVING PERMIT, THEN AGAIN WHEN THEY ARE 18 AND THEN AGAIN WHEN THEY ARE 21 AND 25. NO MATTER WHAT THERE STATUS IS IN LIFE. Then maybe they will understand and we would not have people acting so stinks to other people who serve.
Comment by Janice Parker on September 26, 2011 at 11:48pm
Well since he's a student, he might have wanted to get fired so he could collect unemployment or maybe he thinks this youtube stunt will get him discovered as an artist....not so creative....stay in school kid, you might learn something.
Comment by Psycho on September 23, 2011 at 5:01pm
I like the first one betta....dats ish was funny as hell...lol :-)
Comment by Carly on September 23, 2011 at 4:36pm

I LOVE YOU BROTHER YOU JUST TOLD THE TRUE F**K ALL OF THEM STARBUCKS ASS KISSER.

 

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