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Constructing A Racist Narrative

, , , , | Right | August 19, 2021

During a busy shift, at which time we only have one person working per shift due to the health crisis, I have a long and steady line of customers. One woman comes in, orders two coffees for her boyfriend and herself, pays, and leaves. All good. I continue to wait on more customers.

Ten minutes later, her boyfriend comes rushing in (without a mask) and interrupts me while I’m helping another customer to tell me that his girlfriend may have left her wallet here.

I tell him I haven’t seen it and the only possible place it could have been is on the counter, since customers are not allowed further into the store. I take his phone number just in case it turns up later.

Thirty minutes later, the girlfriend comes barging in, insisting that she left her wallet here. Again, I tell her I haven’t seen it, but we have her phone number just in case we find it. She then accuses another customer of taking it.

Customer: “Well, what’s the name of that construction worker who comes in here?”

I’m confused and not quite sure to whom she’s referring.

Me: “I’m sorry? Construction worker?”

Customer: “Yeah, the guy that was in here right after me. I had my wallet. I placed it on the table and now it’s gone! Do you know that guy’s name?”

It then clicks. The guy who came in after her was indeed dressed in work clothes and probably in the crew working on the road nearby. He also happened to be the only black customer all morning. Unfortunately, this neighborhood is often unfriendly and suspicious towards people who are A, not white, B, foreign, and/or C, not rich.

Me: “Um… no. Maybe you should try retracing your steps? There’s not much else we can do other than taking your phone number and calling you if it turns up.”

She probably just misplaced it. But seriously, it is not the business’s responsibility to keep track of your personal belongings, especially when there’s only one employee working and there’s a line of customers wrapped around the building.

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14 More Chilling Tales From Coffee Shops!

, | Right | August 18, 2021

Dear readers,

We’ve brought you a couple of roundups already about the craziness that happens in coffee shops. But anyone who’s spent any time in a coffee shop (or on this website!) knows that the supply of entitled customers and clueless employees never dries up.

Grab yourself a double-mocha caramel frappucino, sit down, and enjoy these 14 stories from our archives about chaos at the coffee shop!


People Who Have To Say They Are Fancy Aren’t – We wish this jerk would find somewhere fancier… and far, far away.

Not Espressing The Order Correctly – This story is so exhausting I think I need another cup of coffee.

Karma Has No Expiry Date – Instant Karma will come back to bite her in the a** – literally, we hope.


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If You Don’t Make Coffee, What Are You Doing Here?

, , , , | Working | August 12, 2021

I stop at a motorway service station and find the coffee shop. It’s early and I’m the only customer. I order and sit down to wait… and wait. It’s been a really long time, so I go back to the counter.

Me: “Sorry, but is my coffee ready yet?”

Cashier: “Oh, sorry. What did you order?”

Me: “It was [order].”

Cashier: “Oh, yes. Err… it should have been made. Did you not collect it already?”

Me: “Pretty sure I would remember if I did.”

Cashier: “Oh, yes, of course. Let me check.”

She disappears into the back and she seems to be gone for a long time.

Cashier: “Your drink was made, but no one collected it, so I’m afraid it was thrown away.”

Me: “No one called me, and I was sat just there. I’m literally the only person here.”

Cashier: “I’m sorry, but you do need to collect your orders.”

Me: “How am I supposed to, I mean, if I don’t know it’s ready? Just get your boss or someone, please.”

Cashier: “He won’t be here for another fifteen minutes.”

Me: “You know what? I’ll wait.”

I waited twenty minutes and the manager turned up. He was initially sceptical until he checked the rubbish. No cups were binned matching my order. Then, he was very apologetic and paid for my drink and a snack for me. He promised me that he would sort out whoever lied about the drink, and he said to mention his name the next time I was there to get another free coffee!

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The Masks Don’t Muffle These Idiots Enough

, , , , | Right | CREDIT: animasci_ | August 2, 2021

I’m a medical professional. I’ve been dealing with people who think the health crisis is a hoax or not serious, etc. I walk into a coffee shop and distance myself on the little circles they have that are six feet away from each other. There are just a few people in the store and it’s pretty big so, overall, I feel safe.

I’m minding my business when this woman walks in. I don’t notice her until I hear a barista say:

Barista: “Excuse me. You need a mask to be inside the store.”

I turn to witness a look of horror on this woman’s face, as if she didn’t see the countless signs stating you need a mask, and or she didn’t realize there was a health crisis.

Woman: “All I want is a coffee.”

Barista: “I’ll be happy to make you one when you put a mask on.”

Woman: “But—”

Me: “Nope.”

Woman: “What?”

Me: “Nope. These workers don’t get paid enough to make coffee and babysit children.”

Woman: “Excu—”

Me: “Nope.”

Woman: “I—”

Me: “Out.”

She goes to speak again.

Me: “Nope, out.”

It feels like I am talking to a misbehaving puppy, and she looks just as sad. She turns to the only line of defense she has left.

Woman: “I’ll get you fired!”

Me: “I don’t work here.”

Woman: “I’ll find your boss!”

Me: “I am my boss.”

She short-circuited, made a weird, grunting, angry sound, and left.

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Ah, Men And Amen

, , , , , , , | Working | August 1, 2021

About a year ago, I would regularly go out for coffee with some of my coworkers. I stopped doing so after a while. These two stories are why.

Story #1:

Male Coworker #1: “Hey, [My Name], how’s it going?”

Me: “Ehh, been better. My daughter’s boyfriend just broke up with her, so she’s really down.”

Male Coworker #1: “Don’t worry; she’ll find someone else.”

Me: *Touched* “Yeah, I suppose you’re right—”

Male Coworker #1: “Women have a knack for finding their next meal ticket. She’ll have another boyfriend by the end of the week, guaranteed.”

Me: “…”

On another occasion, a different male coworker made some really disgusting, racist comments about a political figure I admire, and when I called him out on it, he insisted that he was “entitled to his opinion.” I got up and walked away.

And I haven’t been back.

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