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“I don’t understand English” – M’sian Student Pays RM44 for a Drink After Miscommunication with Barista


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How much are you willing to pay for a good, fancy cup of coffee that comes with a myriad of toppings? For a Malaysian student, she had to pay an unreasonable price for a cup of drink she bought from a popular chain of coffeehouses. 

In a post shared by the Facebook page MMU Confessions, a student admitted that she does not speak fluent English and was having a little bit of a tough time while purchasing her drink at the counter. The barista spoke to her but she had no idea what it was about, so she nodded and said yes. Little did she know, the more she nodded, the more her drinks cost.

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And now, it was time for the student to pay the bill. Surprise! It was RM44.10 for just a drink! It was an expensive miscommunication.

If you look at the receipt, the student “nodded” to many add-ons, and the actual price of the drink alone without any toppings already cost RM21.50.

According to the post, the barista allegedly laughed at her after she paid for her drink.

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“That’s it, thank you”

The post gained much attention and netizens couldn’t help but teach her the right way to order at the counter. Many of them reminded her to avoid paying for extra ingredients and insisted that the drink alone was enough.

A netizen taught her to ask if the toppings are free before agreeing to them.

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Another netizen shared how she would have answered the barista when asked about toppings.

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“I used to visit this chain when I was in City Square, JB. My stupid colleague told the barista ‘Yes, all in’ and it cost me RM30 for a drink.”

“After you have ordered and informed the size of your drinks tell him ‘that’s it, thank you’. Or else your wallet will be flatter than a flat tire.”

In the meantime, some netizens pointed out that she should’ve at least understood basic English as a student.

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“You should’ve studied harder.”

“If your dad knows he’s paying for your education fees when you can’t even understand basic English, he might feel bad.”

Fellow Malaysians, have you ever paid more than RM40 for a cup of fancy coffee? What toppings do you usually go for?


Also read: “Satay from the future” – M’sian Pays RM107 for 30 Sticks of Satay in Cheras Restaurant, Netizens Baffled

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