A Boston Starbucks barista skipped work, blaming the ‘unicorn frappuccino’

A Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino
A Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino Matt Rourke/Associated Press

A barista at a Boston University Starbucks wishes the “unicorn frappuccino” were truly as mythical as the creature it’s named after.

Jaime Bennis, a BU student and barista at the Starbucks inside of the university’s Questrom School of Business, decided to skip work on Friday for one simple reason: She could not handle making any more of the sugary, color-changing concoctions that have taken over social media.

“According to Starbucks, the Unicorn Frap is, ‘as rare as a unicorn,’” Bennis wrote in a Medium post. “I beg to differ, because nearly every other drink that has been ordered for the last two days has been a Unicorn Frap.”


Bennis is one of many Starbucks baristas complaining about the limited-edition drink, which The Washington Post describes as tasting like “sour birthday cake and Instagram likes.” Braden Burson, a barista in Colorado, posted a video to Twitter railing against the drinking and begging customers to stop ordering it.

“I have unicorn crap all in my hair and on my nose,” Burson said in the video, which has since been deleted from his account. “I have never been so stressed out in my entire life.”

Starbucks said in a statement to Boston.com that the company is listening to feedback from both customers and baristas about the drink.

“We’ve been thrilled with our customers’ enthusiastic reaction for the unicorn frappuccino; its fandom has exceeded everyone’s expectations,” the company wrote in an e-mail. “While we’ve seen tremendous positive feedback from both customers and partners (employees/baristas), we always listen to their feedback to determine what we can improve upon. Our goal is to ensure that both our customers and partners (employees/baristas) always have a positive experience at Starbucks.”

Other baristas have been taking to Twitter and Instagram to lament their unicorn-related woes.