Bad music at Starbucks: When does it become a workers rights issue? •

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Working at Starbucks has many benefits, such as vision insurance, tuition coverage and parental leave. There are also some disadvantages: making Frappuccinos, talking to customers and hearing the Hamilton sound again and again until you feel like filling your ears with whipped cream or "picking a ladder and pulling all our speakers off the ceiling", as a Starbucks employee complains on Reddit. While music can make you more productive, too much of the same music can be very very bad.

Last month, Grub Street reported The Starbucks playlist was a spit for some of its employees, including the "Hamilton Takeover," a playlist that featured in 8,000 Starbucks locations during the week of January 11th. Hamilton may have triggered this particular attack of complaints, traders have long complained of being exposed to long periods of the same music, especially around Christmas time. (Being easily exposed to instrumental versions of Maroon 5, Coldplay or Train can not be good for morale either.) It's a lot of monotony to tolerate for the employees, all in the interest of the background music and vibrations of the Third Place.

CBC Radio Program The flow continue the conversation that music is repetitive and sometimes downright bad (looks at you, Train) is detrimental to the mental health of retail and food service workers.

"[The repetition of music is] the same system as usual. . . flood people, you know, the Davidian branch in Waco or has been used on terrorism suspects in Guantanamo, "said Adam Johnson on the program. Jessica Grahn, a neuroscientist who has studied the effects of music on mood, added that "as we can not shut our ears", it can be "quite weakening" when "another person controls our sound environment".

We sought the advice of Starbucks, but we received no response.

As Starbucks is unlikely to let employees extract the ceiling speakers from so early – and in 2015, it unveiled Spotify playlists influenced by partners-Grahn recommends opening lines of communication between bosses and baristas to discuss Starbucks soundtracks that annoy them.