While making an order an English may be a walk in the park for some, it can prove to be a challenge and sometimes a costly lesson for others.
A Malaysian student was forced to pay RM44 for a Starbucks drink which could have cost way less after she was unable to understand a word of English being said to her by the staff.
Paid RM44 for Starbucks drink due to weak English proficiency
In a post uploaded to the Facebook page MMU Confessions, the student known as Eileen angrily recounted how she was charged RM44.10 for a cup of Frappuccino.
She added that she couldn’t understand a single English word being said to her by the staff and merely went along with it, resulting in her paying the exorbitant price.
According to the receipt, she had ordered several additional toppings such as caramel drizzle, cookie crumbs, and vanilla cream.
The student also complained that she was mocked by the staff while making the order, which embarrassed her deeply.
I couldn’t understand the staff’s English and just nodded my head to everything. He even laughed at me when I was making the order!
Read the post here:
Netizens: ‘It’s your fault!’
The post, which has garnered more than 2.1k reactions at the time of writing, saw most netizens ridiculing the student for getting herself into the situation due to her poor English proficiency.
“If your English is bad, go for tuition. Don’t blame Starbucks, ok?”
“Told you to study (English) but you refuse to.”
On the other hand, some offered practical advice on how to avoid paying way more for a Starbucks drink.
“When you enter Starbucks, just say the drink’s name and size. After that, tell the staff ‘That’s it, thank you’ immediately or else your wallet will be flatter than a flat tyre.”
Another suggested asking beforehand whether the topping is free before placing the order.
Remember, it doesn’t cost you a cent to get your order straight with the staff unless you’re willing to pay as much like what the student did!