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Caffe Au Pay

, , , | Right | December 1, 2020

My office is next to a café. We are not affiliated or anything; we’re just two separate businesses next to each other. Of course, many employees visit the café for a snack, a cup of coffee, etc.

A woman walks into the office.

Woman: “I have an appointment with [Employee #1].”

Me: “All right, I’ll let him know you are here.”

Woman: “Oh, and I took a cup of coffee.”

Me: “Eh, okay?”

Woman: “Just so you know.”

Me: “All right. Well… eh, you can wait here while I contact [Employee #1].”

Woman: “Aren’t you going to do something about it?”

Me: “I’m not sure I understand.”

Woman: “Seriously?! I had a cup of coffee! Don’t you dare cheat the people next door out of their money!”

Me: “Wait… You want me to pay for it?!”

Woman: “No, not you… Your finance department, your boss, I don’t care!”

Me: “Miss, why should we pay for your coffee?”

Woman: “Well, don’t you have that deal or something? [Employee #1] took me there last month!”

Me: “If he did, it was his invitation and he paid for the coffee. Our company doesn’t pay for orders of visitors; we are not affiliated or anything like that. It’s a separate café.”

Woman: “Really?!” *Annoyed* “So now you expect me to pay for that coffee?!”

Me: “If you left without paying, I might advise you to go back and pay. I’ll let [Employee #1] know you had a minor delay.”

Woman: “Seriously, I need to pay for that coffee?!”

She left anyway and returned about five minutes later, in time for her appointment. But yes, lady, you need to pay for what you ordered. I get the confusion, but please, be graceful about it.