OMG, this is the worst one yet.
Get ready, hold your horses…
Things that shit me…
Cafes that stop making coffee, WAY before their closing time.
This one is WAY serious, more so because we are still in lockdown.
We have a local cafe that we go to, and we love it because all we need to do is walk there. There is a park nearby as well, and if you go a tiny bit further, you can even see the water.
But ever since lockdowns began last year, their trading hours have permanently changed to the closing time of 2pm.
That is such a sad thing for us, because we have our afternoon coffee at 3pm. Sigh. 😒
Anyway. The other day we noticed the signs out the front from the new kids on the block. Not even a year old, there’s a new cafe, just doors down from our dependable one. Its sign says, it closes at 3pm.
We headed on down the other weekend, all 3 of us, to grab an arvo coffee and try out these new guys.
We would give them a shot.
The whole time, Hubbie was like, “let’s get there quick, they’re gonna close soon.”
We were minutes away at 2:30pm. “No way!” I said.
We walked in literally at 2:33pm.
It was open! There were cakes and really delicious pastries and pies. We got excited ordering, and then another woman came over to the coffee machine right up behind the front counter, and removed the tray from it.
Hubbie was immediate. “Oh, are you not making coffees anymore?”
Their faces told us EVERYTHING.
But we had just chosen sweet things. There was silence. The coffee machine woman paused. Then after what seemed like an eternity of nobody saying anything, she said with extreme reluctance.
“Ok. I’ll make the coffees.”
WHAT THE ACTUAL F$#K????
It was probably 2:35pm at that stage. A full 25 minutes before closing time. The lady who had been getting our treats tried to smooth things over, saying “oh, we’ve had a quiet afternoon which is why we cleaned up earlier…”
Yeah, sure lady, then change your sign if you wanna do that. Don’t advertise ‘closing time at 3pm.’
Instead try a sign that says ‘closing and cleaning the coffee machine whenever the hell we feel like it.’
I tell you, the anger was rife and growing the more time wore on. That day. The next day. Throughout the week. Every time I thought of that coffee lady’s face as she begrudgingly decided to grant us some caffeine and provide us the opportunity to give them a chance, I just wanted to scream.
We will not be going back.
You know this happens a lot. So many times, if a cafe is closing, they will make it their mission to make you feel as uncomfortable as possible if you decide to order a coffee (takeaway remember!) in their last 30 minutes of operating time.
This isn’t the first time it’s happened to us. In fact, it is so common, that when we ordered coffee at The Butchers Daughter Cafe in Mornington within the last 15 minutes of their day, the girl there told us so surprisingly:
“We are closing soon so don’t mind the tables and chairs, but please take your time and enjoy the coffee.”
OMG, what? Massive points earned, MASSIVE!
I recently came across a social media post displaying another cafe’s opening hours during lockdown. Have a look:
Note, coffee off at 1:55. 5 minutes before closing time! What a realistic time to stop making coffees! I don’t expect them to take my order at closing time, hell no… but 25 minutes earlier?
A coffee does not take long to make as these guys know, yet begrudged face lady can’t put on a smile long enough to make an impression on new customers!
Tsk tsk tsk. I am so angry, woof, I could name and shame SO easily.
But I won’t. Instead if you DM me, I’ll tell you that way. 😉
Mornington Peninsula cafes, you have been warned!