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Chris Christwell sings about Starbucks in his underwear, gets fired

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Chris Christwell

By Jeanne Moos

Fresno, CA (KFSN/CNN) - A former Starbucks barista was fired after posting a song about his job on YouTube. So how did he respond to the firing? Of course, with another song.

He wore only his underwear and a Starbucks apron.

Former barista Chris Christwell's serenade struck like a 3 shot espresso.

"Hello rich white lady, I already know what you want, you want a skinny vanilla latte, young debutante. Well that drink won't make you skinny. You gotta work for that. And just in case you're wondering, I just called you fat," Christwell sang.

"That is mildly offensive and I apologize," he later said.

But, he says it was supposed to be satire after a tough day slinging frappucinos at a Starbucks in Chowchilla, California.

"You throw it back in my face, tell me I made it wrong when I got a line of drinks a couple miles long. 'extra shot of espresso,'" he sang in the video.

Maybe Chris' biggest mistake, his venti mistake, was singing about which ethnic groups prefer which beverages.

"If I have to serve another Latino an extra caramel frappucino..."

Nah. Maybe that was only his grande mistake. His venti mistake was revealing shortcuts baristas sometimes take.

"You ordered a grande drip and my coffee's out. I'll just pour you something fresh from the decaf spout," Christwell sang.

As his YouTube video got more and more popular, Starbucks got wind of it and this week, Christwell got canned.

"The disparaging remarks about our customers and company are unacceptable," a spokesperson from Starbucks said.

Christwell says he totally understands why they had to fire him.

But there's no use crying over a spilled latte. Does Chris regret having done the song?"

"The unemployed part of me regrets putting the video up there," he said. "But other than that, no. It was a comedy song."

The same day he got fired, he put out another song.

"Hey customer I'm talking to you, why the hell are you being so rude," he crooned.

Actually, Christwell says he loved most of his customers.

Among some baristas, he's a hero. One commenter at a website devoted to Starbucks gossip suggested, "Now Starbucks can release his album and sell it at their stores."

This is one barista who spilled the beans. The coffee beans.


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