Sam, the Dancing Barista

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 19, 2016
  • 1 Comment
  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Chris and SamIf you’re on Facebook, then you’ve probably come across the story of Sam “the dancing barista.” Sam is a 17-year-old who last year met Chris, a Starbucks store manager, at a camp for kids with autism. Sam shared with Chris that one of his dreams was to be a barista — but he wasn’t sure how he could work at a coffee shop. Well that’s when Chris had an idea … and after speaking with Sam’s parents, he extended a job offer to Sam. And now? Sam works as a barista at his local Starbucks! Because of his autism and movement disorder, Sam has to “dance” to help him focus on his work. But it’s his dancing — his need to be in constant movement — which has made him a social media sensation. And it’s a great reminder for you and me of 2 Corinthians 12: 9, where the Lord says, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So good on you Chris and Starbucks, for having a heart for the disabled! And in honor of National Autism Awareness Month, share this story with your friends!


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Sam does good work and so does Starbucks!!! The video was very nice. In our country we have also it very common to take people with handicaps seriously and offer jobs to them. I was happy to read this story!! All the best and sunny springtime to Sam!!! I am also slightly handicapped and have had many interesting jobs. It´s good that we are given a chance to do our best! Thank you for sharing this!
  • April 23, 2016
  • 10:42 a.m.
  • Marja Poutiainen