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By Angela Moon
NEW YORK, April 21 Starbucks baristas have taken
to social media to complain about the coffee chain's entry into
the latest food craze: Unicorn Frappuccino.
The sparkly color-changing frozen beverage has become one of
the top posts on photo-sharing platforms such as Instagram since
its release on Wednesday.
But Starbucks baristas are not happy with the popularity.
Complaints have been rolling in on social media website
Reddit Inc, with one barista calling the new beverage "Frap from
hell" and others sharing the joy of running out of ingredients
to make the drink.
Another barista shared an image of 56 Unicorn Frappuccinos
that constituted one order, and others gave thanks to customers
with simple orders like a black coffee.
On Twitter, just hours after the release of the new drink,
Starbucks barista Braden Burson shared a 100-second tirade,
saying he had "never been so stressed out in his life." His post
was shared more than 1,000 times.
"I have never made so many Frappuccinos in my entire life,"
he said in the clip.
"My hands are completely sticky. I have unicorn crap all in
my hair, on my nose. I have never been so stressed out in my
A barista from Florida, Tina Lee, wrote: "As a barista, just
know that every time you ask me to make this, a part of me dies
The drink is available only until Sunday.
"We’ve seen tremendous positive feedback on the Unicorn
Frappuccino from both customers and partners
(employees/baristas)," said Starbucks spokesperson when asked if
the company is aware of complaints from its baristas.
Starbucks shares closed up 0.9 percent at $60.61 on
(Reporting by Angela Moon; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)