Local Congressman works a shift at Starbucks | Congressman Ami Bera

Local Congressman works a shift at Starbucks

Oct 28, 2016
In The News

Visitors of Starbucks Coffee on Longport Court witnessed an unusual scene on Oct. 14, as U.S. Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) spent part of a morning shift making drinks and taking orders from the public.

The purpose of the congressman’s visit was for him to learn about the inner workings of the store, as well as discuss their initiatives to employ veterans, opportunities for young employees and their community outreach efforts.

While wearing a green apron bearing the words, “The honorable Ami Bera behind the bar,” Bera apparently mastered the art of making Starbuck’s limited edition, pumpkin spice latte.

Stephanie Petzold, store manager, commented on the congressman’s drink-making skills and his visit, in general.

“That was probably the best pumpkin spice latte I’ve seen,” she said. “It’s nice to see people like that take an interest in the Elk Grove community and we’re glad to be a part of it. He did pretty good for his first time on bar, I’ll say.”

As for whether she considered Bera to be the type of worker she would hire due to his newly attained abilities behind the bar, Petzold demonstrated that Starbucks is an equal opportunity employer.

“He would have to make it through the interviewing process, but yeah, there would probably be a pretty good chance,” she said.

Natalie Bachman, Starbucks district manager for Elk Grove/West Sacramento, added, “(Bera) did great. He had natural talent. He picked it up really quick.”

After being informed about the praise that he received from Bachman and Petzold, Bera smiled and explained that he had other plans.

“There’s a different job that I’m trying to get right now,” he said four days prior to his much-anticipated debate with his Congressional District 7 challenger, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.

Bera added that he appreciated his on-the-job experience at the Starbucks on Longport Court.

“It was great,” he said. “One of the fun things about this job is going out to different companies in the community and so forth and seeing what they’re doing, getting a chance to meet the employees.

“There are 11 Starbucks throughout the Elk Grove community. They picked out the one that I came to, so I guess I have 10 more to go visit.”