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Autistic Teenager Hired at Local Starbucks – Known as ‘Dancing Barista’ for his Epic Dance Moves

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Autistic Teenager Hired at Local Starbucks – Known as ‘Dancing Barista’ for his Epic Dance Moves

Autistic Teenager Hired at Local Starbucks – Known as ‘Dancing Barista’ for his Epic Dance Moves


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A Starbucks employee named Sam has gained a massive amount of social media attention, in which he hopes will benefit others. Sam has autism and was filmed by a Toronto customer as he danced while making customers’ coffee.

The customer, by the name of Carly Fleischmann, posted the video to Facebook and asked, as a birthday wish, for people to share the video in hopes it would go viral. She wrote: “I would like to introduce you to a teenager named Sam. When he was offered a position to work at Starbucks, Sam told his parents that his life had meaning. Sam was diagnosed with autism and with a movement disorder. Sam never thought he would be able to work behind the bar, but his manager, Chris, believed in him. They turned his movements into dance and now Sam is known as the dancing barista. More people like Sam need to be seen and heard.” Fleischmann’s wish came true and Sam has become a social media sensation, gaining over 50 million views.


Source: Facebook/Carly Fleischmann

Although Sam is grateful for all the positive comments, he hopes that by his story being shared, it will encourage other employers to increase the hiring of people with special needs.

“People with autism do not want to be looked at with sympathy, so I would say to anyone please, please, please keep an open mind about what people with special needs can do,” the 17-year-old said in a statement to Starbucks.

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