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Toronto barista with autism charms customers with dance moves

News staff | posted Tuesday, Jan 26th, 2016


It’s a heartwarming story about a company doing the right thing and a young man making the most of an opportunity.

Sam is a Toronto teen living with autism and a movement disorder, and has had trouble finding a part-time job.

A local Starbucks stepped in and now the “dancing barista” is going viral.

The video was initially posted on YouTube and went viral thanks to Facebook.

Like many high school students, Sam was just looking for work. But unlike many students, his illness caused him to make sudden movements. However, it looked like dancing to manager Chris Ali, who took a chance on Sam. Ali quickly noticed his love of music and so did customers, one of whom posted the video.

It’s meant the world to Sam: After getting the job, he told his parents that his life had meaning.


  • Laurie Stunden says:

    So awesome i can relate….i have cystic fibrosis and a company took a chance on me. Amazing job Sam and starbucks

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