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Icelandic-Born Singing Starbucks Barista Fired

Christopher Cristwell, who is half Icelandic, was fired from his job at Starbucks in California after posting a video of himself singing about how he disliked working there on YouTube, making fun of some of his customers while wearing what appears to be the Starbucks apron.


A screenshot from Cristwell’s “Starbucks Rant Song” on YouTube.

The story was widely reported last week, such as on ABC News, and picked up by the Icelandic media after they found out that Cristwell’s mother, Díana Lacroix, is Icelandic and that the disgruntled singing barista has family in Iceland.

“One night after a difficult day at work I went online looking for a song or good mockery about my workplace, Starbucks. I couldn’t find anything and so I decided to write a song and lyrics about the employees’ wages and work situation,” Cristwell said of his motives, according to Morgunbladid.

“I now realize why I couldn’t find any song or lyrics about the company on the internet; I was fired shortly after my song was posted on YouTube,” he added.

“I was born in Iceland; my dad worked at the US military base by Keflavík Airport. Now I have time to get to know the country better,” Cristwell said.

He has only once been to Iceland since his family moved to the US and is now considering moving back there and studying the language.

Cristwell’s stunt has garnered considerable attention; the video has gotten approximately 700,000 views and he has received a number of job offers.

“I’ve become semi-famous after all of this,” he stated. “Now I’m looking into an offer from a company who wants me to write the song and lyrics for a commercial which would be similar to what I did about Starbucks, except I would get paid.”


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