‘Sometimes you just have to stand your ground to keep the girls safe’: Starbucks employee says he has to refill ice supplies, clean up trash and lift crates because he’s a man

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A Starbucks employee went viral on TikTok after claiming he was made to do all tasks that involve heavy lifting just because he’s a man.

The video, which has more than 159,000 views, was posted on September 19 by Starbucks employee and TikToker Victor Sanchez (@ew.viktor). The LA-based barista doesn’t post on the platform very often, but many of his posts are about his job at Starbucks.

@ew.viktor Jk haha, we all take turns. #fyp #Fast food #starbucks ♬ You want to be a girl so bad – Mckin

In the video, Victor can be seen in the Starbucks store room scooping ice cream from the ice bin as audio says, “You want to be a girl so bad. You’ll never be a fucking girl. You’re a gentleman,” plays.

The text overlay on the video explains the point of Victor’s video. It says, “If they let you do all the garbage bags, refill ice, and lift boxes because you’re a man,” meaning he only gets the heavy duty tasks at the store because he’s a man.

In the caption, Victor clarified that he is joking and that the employees alternate those tasks. However, that doesn’t stop viewers from saying in the comments whether this is a fair practice or not.

Many viewers who also work at the coffee franchise felt sorry for Victor. “AY THEY ALL DID ME LAST NIGHT,” one user said along with a crying face emoji. Victor responded with empathy, saying, “During that heat wave, last week was the worst.”

Lifting heavy objects is part of the daily routine while working at a Starbucks location. This one Vacancy August 2022 for a Starbucks Barista on ZipRecruiter clearly states that applicants must be able to “move and lift up to 25 lbs”. But employees claim that they are often made to lift more than what is stated in their job description.

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One person commented that they were hurt at work because they had to do such physically intensive tasks. “I’m a 5’2 girl and they’re forcing me to do all this…last week I hurt my back because they had to dump me the bag of coffee grounds and it weighed 30 POUNDS,” said one user.

Victor responded to the comment, agreeing that the coffee grounds are heavy, saying they “spilled” [him] once.”

Another Starbucks employee also commented, “Bro, I do this every weekend when I’m the only guy in the store.” Victor added: “Looks like it’s rare when… [there are] two guys on the floor at the same time haha.”

However, some Starbucks employees said they enjoy refilling ice and lifting heavy boxes more than dealing with customers. “I always do this because I like it more than being on the ground,” one admitted.

Others claimed they voluntarily did the physically demanding tasks so that their “elderly colleagues don’t strain themselves”.

The News All Day contacted Victor via TikTok comment and Starbucks via email.