Singing Starbucks employee fired in Chowchilla, Calif.

Merced Sun-StarSeptember 22, 2011 

YouTube's latest rising viral star just lost his job. Christopher Cristwell, 25, is making national headlines after he posted a video of himself on YouTube singing about his job at the Chowchilla Starbucks.

In the video, he sings the song while playing guitar and wearing nothing but a green apron and his underwear: "It's just a cup of coffee / Give me a break / I shouldn't have to put up with this, making minimum wage."

Well, now he won't have to.

He was fired Tuesday.

The video was picked up by a popular Starbucks blog last week, which quickly caught the attention of the corporate honchos. After several meetings with managers, he was sent packing.

"They were really cool about it. 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."

The intent, he says, was strictly satire. He said he never actually did any of the shortcuts he sings about, such as filling a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with whipped cream because most customers can't tell the difference. "I'm not trying to say it's a healthy song, but it's definitely satire," he said.

A few of the lyrics are scatological and possibly profane, but if the song were a movie, it would probably get a PG rating.

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