Tea Total Was Less Than The Total

, , , , | Working | November 5, 2017

(I’m lounging between lectures and decide to grab a tea from the local café on campus. As I’m walking out, I take a sip and instantly take the lid off, realising that it is, in fact, just hot water. I go back in.)

Me: “Excuse me. You forgot to include the bag.”

Employee #1: “No, I didn’t. I left it in just enough.”

Me: “Evidently not. There’s no taste whatsoever.”

Employee #1: “Exactly.”

Me: *pauses* “Well, I like my tea a bit stronger than water. So, could I have another bag, please?”

Employee #1: “If you want another bag, you have to buy another tea.”

Me: “But you messed this one up. I’ve literally paid for hot water.”

Employee #1: *repeats herself*

(I see another employee walk behind the counter and just decide to ask her instead.)

Me: “Excuse me. Could I get another teabag, please? This isn’t strong enough.”

Employee #2: “Again!” *shrugs* “Sure.”

(She hands a new one over to me, but [Employee #1] snatches it.)

Employee #2: “What are you doing?”

Employee #1: “You can’t let her have it. Tea is disgusting and stains your teeth. I won’t be responsible for bad dental hygiene. I gave her just enough flavouring to satisfy her addiction. I am not enabling her!”

([Employee #2] and I stare at each other in disbelief. She picks up another teabag and [Employee #1] tries to intercept it. [Employee #2], however, throws it at me and I catch it in my cup.)

Me: “Cheers! Oh, and—” *to [Employee #1]* “—my ‘dental hygiene’ and ‘addiction’ are none of your business, thank you.”

(I left and got on with my day. Two years later, [Employee #1] still works there, but she now only takes out food. She’s no longer allowed to handle drinks.)

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