When I originally planned this Zoey arc I was going to have her work at the coffee shop... but I realized that wasn't "Zoey" enough.
She's grown up a bit from when the comic started, but she's not service industry friendly.
Hipster girl in panel three was a challenge to get "right". I floundered back and forth on what kind of annoying customer to put in and I decided that she'd be the most annoying to Zoey. I hope she annoys you guys as well. I might bring her back as a non-supernatural foil for Zoey.
Oh, and yeah, the reason the barista died in the Lust arc
was so Zoey could get his job. But she's not keeping it apparently.