Super awkward anxiety driven individual every other part of my life.
It’s so interesting that the counter, the apron, and the tied up hair can let me express myself a different way. Interacting with every customer and getting to know them, them getting to know me is no problem what so ever. But! The hair comes down, the apron comes off and I leave the store where I become a super shy, quiet individual. It doesn’t help that nobody recognizes who I am without the green apron or with my hair down. I have, I kid you not, had a full on half hour conversation with a customer and the very next day said hello to them in the cafe before I had gotten my uniform on for my shift and he gave me a look that said “please, somebody help, keep this crazy person away from me”. He had headphones on and I waved and he pointed to his headphones trying to indicate that he couldn’t hear me. Yeup. I kind of liken baristas to superheroes (I think I may have done that already once before), but this just furthers the point. It’s like a Clark Kent syndrome — put glasses on and he turns into a completely different person that doesn’t look like Superman at all (sarcasm isn’t as apparent through text…). Cue cute puppy picture that somewhat relates but doesn’t really but who doesn’t love a puppy picture!
Same with us baristas though, take our hair down and put on colourful clothing and we are completely unrecognizable. It infuriates me and amuses me at the same time, I wonder if I’ve seen any other baristas walking around that I know so well when they’re behind the counter but if they would walk by me on the street I wouldn’t give them a second glance.
Although, 4 years ago I would not be able to even speak to a customer as easily as I do now. Sarah in front of the bar and Sarah behind the bar were the exact same person. I would be so timid and quiet but now, no one can shut me up. I can honestly say that Starbucks has had a pretty positive impact on my life and I’m hoping that Starbucks Sarah will be able to exist without hiding behind a bar.