Within just 24 hours, a video (below) of an autistic Starbucks barista has gone viral because of his unique approach to making drinks.
According to the Facebook post the video was uploaded to, the Starbucks barista’s name is Sam. Like many people with autism, Sam was also diagnosed with a movement disorder, which results in an inability to keep his body still for long periods of time. Because of this, his movements are often sudden and jerky.
Chris, Sam’s manager who can also be seen in the video, reportedly helped Sam work on his constant need to move by turning the movements into a dance routine to make drinks. It took Chris hours to get Sam where he is today, according to the post.
Now, Sam is known as the store’s “dancing barista.”
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When he was offered the position, Sam told his parents that he had meaning in his life for the first time. Only 19 percent of people with disabilities were participating in the work force in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics cited by Attn:.
The video of Sam dancing went viral after Carly Fleischmann, an autism advocate diagnosed with autism herself, posted it on Facebook on Jan. 22.
“My birthday is in four days and my birthday wish this year is to have this video go viral,” Fleischmann wrote. “More people like Sam need to be seen, heard and given a chance to thrive and dance.”
The video was viewed over 46 million times on Facebook in just three days.