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Baconcat 1
That's a good angle for a high quality experience. I'd retweet a snarky tweet about me by a barista.
Posted by Baconcat on February 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM · Report this
Snarky customers have Yelp, snarky baristas have Twitter.

The only significant difference is that baristas can't survive without customers. Who knew?
Posted by TheVripper on February 12, 2013 at 10:59 AM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 3
Depends. Even if off-the-clock, having a bitter employee can be harmful to employee morale and the customer experience. But if it's more snark than nasty, that would be fine with me.
Posted by Matt the Engineer on February 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 4
In a service oriented economy, isn't this an additional, and optional, service, offered free of charge?

If you can't stand the tweet, stop using the Internet. We made it to watch coffeepots and beam time, not for companies.
Posted by Will in Seattle on February 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 5
Where is the option for "the people at Sprudge are assholes for giving out his name and place of employment?"

Also, the layout of Sprudge looks like a bag of dicks.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM · Report this
care bear 7
I liked and related to all the ones about customers but the ones about how shitty his boss was and tweeting on the job rubbed me the wrong way. If you're going to do something like this you should also be good at your job.
Posted by care bear on February 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM · Report this
very bad homo 8
Sprudge are assholes, whoever they are. Bitter Barista is awesome & funny.
Posted by very bad homo on February 12, 2013 at 11:32 AM · Report this
chinaski 9
I'm with @5, fuck those envious dickholes.
Posted by chinaski on February 12, 2013 at 11:38 AM · Report this
Bauhaus I 10
Mark can say and post anything he wants on his own time, but if he uses his on-the-clock time, that is a problem and it is kind of unethical. The coffee shop overreacted though. All of this might have been resolved by saying, "Mark, consider yourself thoroughly chastised. Please don't do this while at work and I would really appreciate your co-operation."

But to cut someone off from his livelihood? Unless he was stealing from the register or threatening another employee or a customer, no. It was a dick move, an inexperienced move, too. Never pays to can someone unless you absolutely have to. Too expensive financially and morale-wise.
Posted by Bauhaus I on February 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM · Report this
"to cut someone off from his livelihood"?? that's a bit dramatic.

I'm with 7 - I like the blog, it's very funny, but posting/tweeting on company hours, and especially talking smack about the boss is just begging to get fired. I hardly think any sort of reprimand would be effective, and to tolerate that from an employee would be the sign of a completely ineffective boss.

Posted by genevieve on February 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM · Report this
Publicly badmouthing the company you work for and its customers is one of the dumbest things you can do as an employee. Don't do it, you'll be fired. There is no such thing as an employer who finds this kind of stuff good natured fun. It is damaging to their business and they'd be a fool not to get rid of you.
Posted by Brandon J. on February 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM · Report this
I realize that being a customer servant is not the grand calling most people imagined for themselves, but if you feel utterly put upon merely from the sight of someone's bicycle helmet mirror or price complaint and you need to tweet about it perhaps you're not cut out for the job? Because people ARE going to do way more fucked up shit than that, and if you're struggling with the little cringe-inducing stuff, you're gonna have a really hard time when someone actually flips out.
Posted by PineStreetBomber on February 12, 2013 at 12:02 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 14
I think he's really funny, and I sincerely hope he lands on his feet.

But tweeting about your customers and boss, and failing to sufficiently anonymize yourself while doing so, is really fucking stupid.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on February 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM · Report this
Tweeting snarky shit about your job on company time is a risk. But I support it and think it was funny.

Outing the tweeter by revealing his real identity is pretty fucked and I think Spludge or whoever sound like assholes. And trying to justify it by claiming you were butthurt that someone somewhere was wasting company time is fucking pathetic. Apparently you were that tattletale kid in school, and also apparently you think tweeting from your smartphone during lulls is "stealing" time from your employer. Great job policing those baristas. They've really got it too easy.

Posted by beef rallard on February 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 16
"to cut someone off from his livelihood"?? that's a bit dramatic.

@11: Not dramatic at all. A person's job is and has been referred to as his livelihood for as long as I can remember.
Posted by Bauhaus I on February 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM · Report this
Christampa 17
Using company time is probably the worst argument possible for this. It's a good thing I spend my full 8 hour shift just thinking about all the tweets I'm going to post, and wait until after I clock out to actually post them.

I'm sorry, did you just go to the bathroom? How did that help us with our profit margins? Sneezing? Not unless your sneeze helps bring in new business.

There is a difference between delaying a customer to call your friends and talk about shoes, and spending a minute or two of downtime thinking about yourself and not the company you work for.
Posted by Christampa on February 12, 2013 at 12:49 PM · Report this
this all just seems like internet 101. also, I've read the Bitter Barista, it wasn't that funny.
Posted by gi on February 12, 2013 at 12:54 PM · Report this
Sprudge=assholes. Should I track down all their dirty secrets and try to get them fired or bankrupted?
Posted by Spike1382 on February 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM · Report this
The guy's an idiot. You can't make "jokes" about your customer service day job that imply you are giving people bad service/bad product because they are jerks.

He would have been fired at ANY business for this crap.
Posted by J.R. on February 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM · Report this
SRJ 21
Right or wrong, let this be a lesson to the kiddos: freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences.
Posted by SRJ on February 12, 2013 at 1:20 PM · Report this
He should have been promoted.
Posted by Angrybeaver on February 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM · Report this
I'm most offended by the notion of publishing a Twitter feed and selling it as a book. It's come to this? Jesus.
Posted by kerri harrop on February 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM · Report this
@16 - but getting fired as a direct result of one's actions can hardly be considered "cut off from [one's] livelihood". Unless you allow that the knife was in the barista's hand.

I do think Spludge or whoever they are outing the guy is a jerk move, but the fact that they found out his identity means he did a crap job of hiding it.
Posted by genevieve on February 12, 2013 at 2:08 PM · Report this
Jaymz 25
Absolutely LOVE significant poll numbers where the results are almost evenly split between firing and retaining (different reasons, same opinions). A nerve has been touched....
Posted by Jaymz on February 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM · Report this
Granny Smith 26
He describes deliberately screwing up peoples orders and mocks legitimate health issues. Does that mean he will give me food that makes me sick just because he is "bitter"? That is way more than just wasting company time. It is fucking with peoples health and wellness and taking pleasure in it. This is not what a customer service based company wants in an employee. He deserved to be fired. There lots of folks out there who need jobs and don't hate people.
Posted by Granny Smith on February 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 27
I'm w/ 5, there is a line on the internet between sites that denounce posting personal information (reddit) and the one who don't (gawker, 4chan).

Spludge crossed that line.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on February 12, 2013 at 2:34 PM · Report this
Unregistered User 28
When I worked at a local coffee shop years ago one of the things that drove me nuts was attempting to make it seem like I was doing something useful on the clock if the boss was around (and didn't want to shoot the shit).

I know, if you have time to lean you have time to clean, but during slow times you end up with a lot of nothing to do in a small coffee shop.
Posted by Unregistered User on February 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM · Report this
McGee 29
@18 That's because most people think they have a great sense of humor but most people are wrong.
Posted by McGee on February 12, 2013 at 3:49 PM · Report this
Typical passive aggressive NW behavior from Sprudge but this will go full circle. Fired = lame short dick move from owner.

All the whiners chiming in about his bad attitude, poor service, so mean, boo hoo hoo need a big cup of shut the fuck up
Posted by Mr. Fucking Diggles on February 12, 2013 at 8:52 PM · Report this
#31, you must be the bitter barista...

If I read someone's blog or twitter where they stated that they hated their customers and intentionally screwed up their orders to the detriment of the customer's health, I'd a) never go there b) tell the owner so he'd fire that jerk.

If it was meant as "satire", it didn't come across as such. Just a lot of nasty negativity where he threatened customers all day long. Stupid.
Posted by anita772 on February 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM · Report this

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