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Stephanie Grisham says Trump will run for president in 2024 and believes he'll hire 'people of the Jan. 6 mind'

Businessinsider - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 17:23
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham listens as US President Donald Trump speaks to the media aboard Air Force One while flying between El Paso, Texas, and Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, on August 7, 2019.
  • On NBC's "Meet the Press," Stephanie Grisham said that she believes Trump will run for president in 2024.
  • Grisham said that the former president will feel empowered to hire "people of the Jan. 6 mind."
  • The GOP official brought up the DOJ and it being "weaponized" in another Trump term.

Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Sunday said that she believes former President Donald Trump will run for his old job in 2024 and hire "people of the January 6 mind."

During an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Grisham told host Chuck Todd that she was initially skeptical of another presidential bid by the former president.

"At first, I really didn't think he'd run again," she said. "I honestly thought this was a lot of his bluster, which he's good at doing. He was doubling down. He'll never admit to losing. I thought he was going to just kind of raise some money so he could pay off legal bills."

She added: "I think now, because his base is reacting to him the way that it is, and polls are showing that he's very much the leader of the Republican Party ... but also on this current attack on democracy with regard to election integrity, I think he is going to run again. That's why I'm speaking out the way that I am."

Grisham, who was former first lady Melania Trump's chief of staff and press secretary at the time of her resignation on Jan. 6, recently released a tell-all memoir, "I'll Take Your Questions Now," which chronicles her time in the Trump White House.

In the interview with Todd, Grisham laid out her case of why the former president should not return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

"I don't want him to run again," she said. "I think people aren't remembering that if he does run again in 2024, he'll have no guardrails because he'll never have to worry about reelection, so he will do whatever he wants."

She emphasized: "He will hire whomever he wants, and I think that includes people of the January 6 mind."

-Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 10, 2021

Grisham went on to reference an earlier segment of the program that featured Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, where Todd and the lawmaker spoke of Trump's election pressure on the Department of Justice.

"Earlier, your guest [Whitehouse] was talking about the DOJ and it being weaponized," she said. "Imagine who he [Trump] could put into the DOJ in 2024 knowing he's got no consequences there."

Grisham, who moved to Kansas at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year and traveled back and forth from Washington, DC, until she left the White House over the administration's response to the Jan. 6 riot, recently told New York Magazine's Olivia Nuzzi that she was skeptical of a possible "rebrand" due to her old ties to the Trumps.

"I don't think I can rebrand. I think this will follow me forever," Grisham said of her time in the White House. "I believe that I was part of something unusually evil, and I hope that it was a one-time lesson for our country and that I can be a part of making sure that at least that evil doesn't come back now."

Grisham, who said in a recent CNN interview that she didn't vote for Trump in the 2020 election, warned that a new Trump White House term would be defined by "revenge."

During an interview with Insider last Friday, Grisham said that she struggled with anxiety and had to be "deprogrammed" after her resignation.

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3 reasons there's a labor shortage, according to Biden's labor secretary

Businessinsider - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 16:42
A customer walks by a now hiring sign at a BevMo store on April 02, 2021 in Larkspur, California.
  • There are currently anecdotal labor shortages all over the economy, as employers scramble for workers.
  • It's another marker of the strange labor market trend where millions are unemployed, but workers are quitting in droves.
  • Labor Secretary Marty Walsh attributes shortages to the virus, its unprecedented times, and workers rethinking what they want.

In case you haven't heard, there's a bit of a labor shortage.

Everywhere you look, there seem to be anecdotes about businesses struggling to hire and retain workers. A Starbucks in Ohio is slashing hours and closing on Wednesday and Thursday due to short staffing. A Midwestern grocery chain is closing an hour early and offering staff members a $600 retention bonus.

Even so, workers have been quitting at a record rate for four months in a row. In July, the last month that the Bureau of Labor Statistics released data on, there were still more job openings than workers available. On Friday, BLS said that the US added a paltry 194,000 jobs in September - far lower than economists expected.

All told, it's yet another month marked by shortages and a reshuffle of the labor market, even as millions still remain unemployed. But what's driving these continued holes? Insider spoke with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh following Friday's jobs release, and he identified three potential drivers.

(1) 'We're living in unprecedented times'

Simply put, Walsh said that "unprecedented times" is one reason for shortages.

Job hunting and hiring during a pandemic is certainly different, with a new calculus for workers. An in-person job could bring increased risk, or take a parent away from a child completing virtual schooling. Workers are also dealing with a lopsided recovery, with industries like leisure and hospitality leading new hiring as areas like education are still behind.

One June survey of 1,800 workers by remote and flexible jobs site FlexJobs found that 48% of workers were frustrated with the search, and 46% said they only found openings for low-paying roles. That skills mismatch is one driver of current shortages.

Another mismatch impacting hiring: During the pandemic, workers moved out of the areas that are hiring, and they don't want to commute anymore.

(2) Fears over health

"The virus is still very much with us," Walsh said, noting that hundreds of thousands of Americans have died. Indeed, the rise of the highly infectious Delta variant has driven the dismal jobs additions in August and September, showing that the virus - and not enhanced unemployment benefits - is keeping workers at home.

The Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey asks respondents why they're not working. Of those surveyed from September 1 to September 13, about 4.65 million said the main reason they weren't working is because "I was caring for someone or sick myself with coronavirus symptoms." At the end of July, just about two million people said that was their main reason for not working - meaning that as Delta rose, the number of people not working over symptoms nearly doubled.

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge. (3) People are rethinking life and work

"I think a lot of people are re-imagining or rethinking about what's next for them," Walsh said. It's what has been termed "The Great Resignation" by organizational psychologist Anthony Klotz.

Klotz previously told Insider that Americans see their role as a worker as central to their identity. That may have been disrupted by the pandemic, as workers were suddenly laid off, sent home, or burnt out. Klotz noted that organizational research shows coming in contact with death or illness - something tragically abundant during a pandemic - causes people to step back and ask existential questions about their purpose and happiness. For many workers now, flexibility is key.

"I've talked to a lot of businesses that have said some people have just decided to walk away from the industry they're working in, and they're thinking about what's next for them," Walsh said. "So I think that the work-life balance has played a big role in this."

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Tesla puts Full Self-Driving beta on hold after Elon Musk expresses 'last minute concerns'

Businessinsider - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 16:28
The launch of Tesla's Full Self-Driving Beta is delayed.
  • Tesla's Full Self-Driving Beta for drivers with "perfect" safety scores is delayed.
  • FSD Beta was originally planned to launch on Friday at midnight to approximately 1,000 drivers with safety scores of 100 out of 100.
  • Tesla's Autopilot feature has been criticized by regulators and lawmakers who say the name makes drivers think the cars are autonomous.

Tesla's Full Self-Driving Beta for drivers with "perfect" safety scores was delayed on Saturday after CEO Elon Musk tweeted about "concerns."

FSD Beta was originally planned to launch on Friday at midnight to approximately 1,000 drivers with safety scores of 100 out of 100, Musk wrote on Twitter on Thursday. After the first launch, FSD Beta was then supposed to roll out to divers with a score of 99 and below.

"A few last minute concerns about this build. Release likely on Sunday or Monday. Sorry for the delay," Musk tweeted on Saturday morning.

-Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 9, 2021

FSD is an enhanced version of Autopilot, a driver-assistance software that comes with every Tesla vehicle. FSD, despite its name, does not make the car fully autonomous. FSD allows the vehicle to change lanes, park itself, and recognize traffic lights and stop signs. Tesla drivers with good safety scores were able to request FSD Beta in September, Insider reported.

To be eligible for FSD Beta drivers were graded off of five factors: forward-collision warnings per 1,000 miles, hard braking, aggressive turning, unsafe following, and forced autopilot disengagement, according to Tesla's "safety score" guide.

Tesla's Autopilot feature has been criticized by regulators and lawmakers who say the name makes drivers think the cars are autonomous when they aren't. US safety regulators launched an investigation into Autopilot after a number of Teslas struck vehicles at first-responder scenes, Insider reported.

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Southwest wins preliminary injunction against flight website Kiwi to stop it from posting the airline's fares

Businessinsider - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 15:55
A crew member boarding a Southwest plane. The injunction stops Kiwi.com from selling the airline's flights.
  • Southwest was granted a preliminary injunction, stopping Kiwi.com from displaying its fares.
  • A judge said Kiwi.com caused "damage to [Southwest's] reputation and loss of goodwill."
  • The injunction was the "whole nine yards," a lawyer for Southwest said.

A federal judge granted Southwest Airlines a preliminary injunction against Kiwi.com, stopping the discount-ticket website from posting the airline's fares.

"Kiwi breached [Southwest's] Terms by scraping Southwest flight data and fare from Southwest's website, presenting Southwest flight data on kiwi.com, and selling Southwest flights without authorization," Ada Brown, US district judge, wrote in an order dated September 30.

The injunction stops Kiwi.com from scraping fare data, displaying tickets, and selling Southwest flights - it's the "whole nine yards," a spokesperson for Southwest's law firm, Munck Wilson Mandala, told Insider via email.

Southwest sued Kiwi.com in January in US District Court in the Northern District of Texas, saying the website breached the terms of Southwest's website by scraping fare and flight information.

"As detailed in Southwest's request for a preliminary injunction, Kiwi.com improperly inflates Southwest fares and engages in other conduct that harms both Southwest and its customers," a Southwest spokesperson said via email on Friday.

He added, "Southwest is pleased that Judge Brown has ordered Kiwi.com to stop these unauthorized activities until this matter reaches a final decision."

The injunction will remain in effect until a decision at trial or another court motion.

Brown wrote that Kiwi.com had "caused Southwest to suffer damages, including damage to its reputation and loss of goodwill from customer complaints and increased customer service burdens and disruption to operations."

Southwest is also in an ongoing legal battle with Skiplagged, another travel search site. The airline in previous court filings had sought details about the relationship between Skiplagged and Kiwi.com.

Southwest is "no stranger" to suing search engines and other sites that are displaying its fares, wrote Jeffrey Neuburger, co-head of law firm Proskauer Rose LLP's Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group, in a blog post.

"What made this result particularly notable is that the preliminary injunction is based on the likelihood of success on the merits of Southwest's breach of contract claim and Kiwi's alleged violation of Southwest's site terms," Neuburger wrote.

Kiwi.com didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. But the company has told Insider in recent interviews that it was unreasonable for Southwest to claim it had broken the airline's website's terms of service.

In July, a Kiwi.com spokesperson told Insider: "Southwest makes its flight and fare data publicly available to the entire internet, and it cannot legitimately prevent fare competition and price comparisons through enforcement of its browsewrap terms of use, to which Kiwi.com never agreed in any event."

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Former Trump aide Dan Scavino served with Jan. 6 committee subpoena after difficulty in locating him: report

Businessinsider - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 15:49
Dan Scavino.
  • Former Trump aide Dan Scavino was finally served a subpoena from the Jan. 6 panel, per CNN.
  • The subpoena was brought to former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, according to the network.
  • In addition to Scavino, Mark Meadows, Steve Bannon, and Kash Patel were also subpoenaed.

Dan Scavino, a former Trump aide, has been served a subpoena from the House select panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, according to CNN, bringing to a close to the committee's difficulty in finding him.

The subpoena was brought to former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida on Friday, according to the network.

Scavino, a former White House deputy chief of staff for communications and director of social media, was in New York when the legal document was delivered, and a staff member accepted it in his absence.

In the letter to Scavino, the committee detailed how his longtime working relationship with Trump could produce relevant information about conversations in which the former president was a participant - conversations regarding the push for lawmakers to decline certifying the 2020 election results, along with the former president's actions on Jan. 6 and the communication strategy conceived by the administration leading up to the now-infamous Jan. 6 rally.

A source informed CNN that Scavino would look over the subpoena with his lawyers this week in order to map out his next move.

Scavino was subpoenaed in late September, along with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former White House strategist Steve Bannon, and Kash Patel, the ex-chief of staff to former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller.

According to CNN, Scavino and the other three aides were sent a letter from Trump's attorney last week informing them that the former president sought to use the defense of executive privilege as it relates to activities on Jan. 6.

The network reported that the letter from Trump's lawyer advised them to "where appropriate, invoke any immunities and privileges" and decline to produce documents or provide testimony.

The deadline for the aides to produce materials to the Jan. 6 committee was last Thursday.

While Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the panel's chair, and GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the vice chair, said in a statement that Meadows and Patel were "so far engaging" with them, Scavino was not mentioned.

In the statement, Bannon was called out for seeking "to hide behind vague references to privileges of the former President."

"Though the Select Committee welcomes good-faith engagement with witnesses seeking to cooperate with our investigation, we will not allow any witness to defy a lawful subpoena or attempt to run out the clock, and we will swiftly consider advancing a criminal contempt of Congress referral," they added.

President Joe Biden's administration on Friday informed the National Archives in a letter that it would not claim executive privilege on an initial set of Jan. 6-related documents, which will allow for the documents to be seen by the House committee.

"President Biden has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified as to any of the documents," wrote White House counsel Dana Remus, according to NBC News.

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How the owner of a family-run candy shop used TikTok to supercharge its popularity and save the struggling business

Businessinsider - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 15:41
The process of sanitization pulls candy back over itself into thousands of little strands that reflect light.
  • Sticky, a family-run candy store, was on the brink of collapse after the pandemic hit.
  • The owner's daughter Anabelle King turned to TikTok and other platforms to try and save the store.
  • She told Insider the business gained almost 5 million followers and is more successful than ever.
  • See more stories on Insider's business page.

Sticky, a store that specializes in artisanal handmade candy, had been on the verge of closing last year after the pandemic tanked sales.

The store is based in the Rocks neighborhood of Sydney, Australia. Annabelle King, whose father owns the business, told Insider: "Over the course of about two weeks in March 2020, we went from busy to bust." Revenue dropped to "literally zero," she said.

@stickyaustralia

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Camilla hadede at cykle i skole som barn: Nu har hun trampet sig til både EM- og VM-guld i år

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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said minting a trillion-dollar coin would be a 'gimmick' that 'jeopardizes the independence of the Federal Reserve'

Businessinsider - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 15:34
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she did not support minting a trillion-dollar coin.
  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Sunday said she opposed minting a trillion-dollar coin.
  • Doing so would be a last-ditch effort at avoiding an economic disaster if US lawmakers failed to raise the debt ceiling.
  • But Yellen called the move a "gimmick" and said it could politicize the Federal Reserve.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Sunday doubled down on her opposition to minting a $1 trillion coin as a last-ditch solution to avoid the US defaulting on its debts.

"I wouldn't be supportive of the trillion-dollar coin. I think it's a gimmick. I think it jeopardizes the independence of the Federal Reserve," Yellen said Sunday during an appearance on ABC News' "This Week."

"You would be asking to essentially print money to cover the deficit," Yellen told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. "This is a shared bipartisan responsibility."

She noted the debt ceiling had been raised nearly 70 times since 1965 "almost always on a bipartisan basis."

"No one party is responsible for the need to do this. I believe it should be a shared responsibility, not the responsibility of any one party," she said.

-This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 10, 2021

Yellen's comments Sunday echo her previous comments about minting a trillion-dollar coin, which would help the US cover its debts and avoid an economic recession but would undermine faith in US institutions and bring the Federal Reserve into a partisan battle.

As Insider previously reported, the Senate on Thursday narrowly approved a measure that raised the debt ceiling through the beginning of December, preventing a default on the US' debt for now. The measure, which heads to the House for a vote next week, received no Republican support in the Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, and 11 other Republicans, however, sided with Democrats in the Senate to break a filibuster opposing the measure to allow lawmakers to come to a vote.

McConnell and his GOP colleagues have been staunchly opposed to raising the debt ceiling, even though refusing to do so would cause the US to default on its debt, sending the country into economic turmoil. The temporary extension Thursday raised the debt limit by $480 billion.

While Republicans have been opposed to raising the debt ceiling, doing so would help pay for debts incurred under the administrations of former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden, including their pandemic relief programs.

Some Republicans have opposed raising the debt ceiling because it could help finance Democrats' $3.5 trillion social spending package, arguing instead that Democrats should use party-line reconciliation to raise the limit. McConnell has made it clear that that's what he expects to happen in December.

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AQ Khan: The most dangerous man in the world?

BBC News - World - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 15:24
Western spies branded AQ Khan as dangerous as bin Laden - but many in Pakistan saw him as a hero.
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An EMT labor shortage might mean you have to wait longer after calling 911, report says

Businessinsider - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 15:11
A new report says the labor shortage is extending to emergency responders.
  • The EMT industry is facing an increasingly difficult labor shortage, NBC News reports.
  • The industry has long dealt with high turnover over burnout and low pay, and it's only worsened.
  • Now, the short staffing fallout from the pandemic could jack up 911 call response times.

Emergency medical technicians, or EMTs, are the latest group to contend with an increasingly worsening labor shortage - and civilians who need medical assistance could feel the impact, NBC News reports.

It's not a new problem, but it's a shortage that's only gotten worse throughout the pandemic, where EMTs have been out on the frontlines. American Ambulance Association President Shawn Baird told NBC News that the "magnitude" of shortages "has really blown up after the last few months," and said that there aren't enough workers to cover calls in many different areas.

"When you take a system that was already fragile and stretched it, because you didn't have enough people entering the field, then you throw a public health emergency and all of the additional burdens that it put on our workforce as well as the labor shortages across the entire economy, and it really has put us in a crisis mode," Baird told NBC News.

All across the economy, industries are struggling to hire and retain workers. Economists have told Insider that may be due to workers staying home over virus concerns, and that businesses may need to offer higher wages and better working conditions and benefits to lure them back. That's true for many of the workers who have been dispatched to serve on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Emergency personnel had already been facing down a shortage prior to the pandemic, Insider's Dave Mosher and Rhea Mahbubani reported in April 2020. At the time, New York City-based lieutenant EMT Vincent Variale said that EMTs faced heavy turnover, with some leaving the field over low pay and lack of funding for the program compared to their peers. When the pandemic hit, ambulance workers also became infected at high rates - exacerbating staffing issues and forcing remaining personnel to work longer shifts, with some putting in 16 hours a day for continuous days.

In 2018, the CDC released a set of tips for emergency responders to cope with burnout. One self-care technique included limiting shifts to be under 12 hours.

Fewer workers also means greater delays for ambulances and response times, something that can potentially have a big impact on patient outcomes.

Now, NBC News reports that the "pandemic has made a bad labor problem worse," as workers leave over the strain of working during the pandemic, and the remaining responders have to work longer (and then leave over it) - creating a continual cycle of turnover. Courses to train new workers were also put on pause by the pandemic.

One Michigan provider, Ken Cummings of Tri-Star Hospital EMS, told NBC News that the state has 1,000 open positions.

Some areas are turning to new initiatives to train EMTs and get them out into the field. The Bronx Times reported on "Earn While You Learn" program launching in New York City; according to the program's website, trainees will be paid a training wage throughout the program and all fees are paid for by Global Medical Response. The Bronx Times said that the program aims to graduate 80 paramedics. In 2019, the New York Post reported that shortages in the city were a "crisis."

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Tyson Fury: Gypsy King on road to undisputed fight, but Dillian Whyte bout likely next

BBC News - World - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 15:08
Tyson Fury will have to wait to see how several fights pan out before deciding his next opponent.
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Starbucks baristas say they've been asked to make blue drinks based on a Facebook and TikTok prank. Some speculate the pranksters used cleaning fluid or Gatorade to achieve the blue hue.

Businessinsider - Sun, 10/10/2021 - 14:50
The mystery bright blue drinks aren't on Starbucks' menu.
  • Starbucks baristas say they've been asked to make strange blue drinks that aren't on the menu.
  • Customers referred to them as the "tropical drink," "tropical refresher," and "forbidden refresher."
  • The drinks are almost certainly based on a prank that surfaced on Facebook and TikTok.
  • See more stories on Insider's business page.

Starbucks baristas have been mystified by requests to make bright blue drinks known as the "tropical drink," "tropical refresher," and "forbidden refresher."

The drinks have a few things in common, current and former baristas told Insider. One, they all appear to share the same blue hue. Two, they're not on the menu. Three, their color can't be achieved with any of the chain's usual ingredients.

And four, they're almost certainly based on a prank that surfaced on Facebook and TikTok.

Four current and former Starbucks workers told Insider that customers had asked them to make one of these three blue drinks. Some said customers had shown them TikTok videos of the drinks. Three others said that customers hadn't requested the drinks but that they'd heard about them through social media.

But what of the blue color?

Most Starbucks staff who'd come across the drinks speculated that the blue hue could only be achieved with Urnex, a cleaning fluid used on coffee-making equipment. A current barista in New York suggested the color might come from blue Gatorade.

A spokesperson for Starbucks said: "This is not a real drink and not available in our stores. We have rigorous food safety procedures in place of which use of a chemical in a beverage violates these standards. We are not aware of any incidents in which a customer was intentionally or unintentionally served one of these beverages."

Gary Ladewig, a former Starbucks barista in Illinois, described the blue drink as the "Urnex refresher." He told Insider that it originated in a Facebook group for Starbucks baristas that isn't affiliated with the company.

Ladewig said it was "just a joke that happened on one of the Starbucks Facebook pages" before getting leaked onto TikTok. No customer had asked him to make the drink, he added.

The prank blue drinks seem to poke fun at the craze of customers asking Starbucks baristas to recreate elaborate, customized beverages that appear on TikTok. Sometimes the drinks can't actually be made, and staff have to explain that they might be pranks, baristas said.

In one TikTok video purporting to promote the blue drink, a customer appears to arrive at a Starbucks drive-thru and ask for a "tropical refresher." After a jump cut, a Starbucks employee hands the customer a bright blue iced drink. After another jump cut, the customer shows the label, which indicates that the drink is a "Vt Strbry Acai Rfr."

In the space on the label that usually lists drink specifications and modifications, it simply says "Tropical Refresher." (Starbucks does sell a line of Refresher branded cold drinks, including a Strawberry Açai Refresher, but none of these drinks are blue.)

One TikTok user commented that they didn't think this was a real drink. The user speculated: "This is most likely Urnex (starbucks cleaning product) and water lmao."

Another user commented: "This doesn't exist. They trollin [sic] you. Don't be that person. Starbucks has no drink that is blue. 5 and half yr Starbucks partner here."

Insider obtained footage of a TikTok video that no longer appears online. In the video, a Starbucks worker shows off a bright blue drink and says: "Have y'all tried the new tropical refresher? It's blue."

A comment on the TikTok video says: "I remembered seeing a a [sic] picture of iced urnex which is also blue so after my shift I searched on tik tok 'tropical drink'. They wanted iced cleaner lol."

The footage was shared in a private Facebook group for current and former Starbucks baristas. One member of the group told Insider: "The posts in the Facebook group are just inside jokes among baristas, [none] of us are trying to promote these things to customers. I don't think that's necessarily true for the TikToks though."

Nat El-Hai, a former Starbucks barista in Beverly Hills, suggested that the fake blue tropical drink probably originated from a barista who posted it on TikTok as a joke. El-Hai told Insider that several customers had ordered what they called "the tropical drink" and said they'd come across it on TikTok.

One barista said that customers sometimes got "frustrated" when told that the "tropical drink" wasn't real. Some customers "accuse us of lying or withholding product from them," the barista said.

Do you work at Starbucks? Got a story to share? Email this reporter at gdean@insider.com. Always use a non-work phone.

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