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NoWayNoHow Sun 03-Jul-11 21:10:11

Okay, this isn't quite in the same league as "Scones-gate" from a couple of months ago, but yesterday I went to our local coffee shop (we're in a small-ish market town in Kent) where they charged me £1.20 for a small cup of milk for DS (3yo). I completely gawped at her when she told me, but she didn't budge just kept saying "that's how much it is".

AIBU to object to forking out that much for what was about 100ml of milk, especially when they gave me a third of that amount free with my coffee anyway? Just felt really quite ripped off!

oohjarWhatsit Sun 03-Jul-11 21:11:51

why didnt you take some with you

DoMeDon Sun 03-Jul-11 21:13:57

Tell her to put a mask on - robbing caaah!!

M0naLisa Sun 03-Jul-11 21:15:02

ooh ime i dont take drinks out with me to coffee shops now DS' are 3 and 4. I dont carry a changing bag around with me no more and i dont want milk in my handbag.

£1.20 is steep for a small mug of milk

Would have been cheaper to buy a fruitshoot juice. grin

Punkatheart Sun 03-Jul-11 21:16:03

But shops have to survive...they cannot give things away. Also, you milk with the coffee is not free, you paid for it as part of your coffee. A business has to pay overheads, business rates, electricity etc etc.

It may seem a lot but I can understand why they charged for it...

NoWayNoHow Sun 03-Jul-11 21:18:08

Because he's almost 4 and I don't take milk around with me any more!

It's not like he HAS to have milk at certain times of the days, so I must have some on me at all time. It's just what he prefers to drink. Most places I go to just charge a nominal amount (like 50p), other places like the chain coffee shops just give me a take away cup and I pour milk from the self-service stands.

Was just quite shocked that a local shop charged almost as much for a tiny cup of it as I pay for 4pts in the supermarket.

DitaVonCheese Sun 03-Jul-11 21:21:19

I think YABabitU. That's about what I'd expect to pay for a soft drink plus tea/coffee actually costs what, 10p or something to make, but you still end up paying £2-3 when you're out.

worraliberty Sun 03-Jul-11 21:22:46

YABU if you paid for it and now you're moaning about it.

You could have bought a pint from the shop and a paper cup.

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NoWayNoHow Sun 03-Jul-11 21:32:24

I obviously didn't have a choice but to pay it - it wasn't on the menu (no price advertised) so you can't exactly walk out of somewhere without paying for something. That's called stealing!

worral why would I do that? confused. I went to a coffee shop, had a coffee and shared a cupcake with my DS and got him some milk to drink. I'm not certain why I should have to go and buy paper cups and pints??

Don't get me wrong, I was VERY clear with the place that I thought it was completely outrageous, but DS had already drunk the milk so I had to pay for it. Just thought I'd check whether other people also think that's far too much for a tiny plastic IKEA cup of milk.

BornInAfrica Sun 03-Jul-11 21:35:18

Lesson to be learned -

Check price of small cup of milk before ordering and sitting down.

Incidentally - if it were your business would YOU give milk away? I know I wouldn't!

usualsuspect Sun 03-Jul-11 21:39:38

Cafes have to make a profit ...

I don't think they should give free cups of milk away

NoWayNoHow Sun 03-Jul-11 21:39:47

Not asking them to give it away, born, just asking for a reasonable price to be set. I personally don't feel that £1.20 for such a small volume for a small child is reasonable. I don't mind paying for something I'm having, obviously - I do mind being ripped off though.

squeakytoy Sun 03-Jul-11 21:43:24

Why shouldnt you pay for a drink for a 4 year old??? confused I would query the quantity if you felt it was too small, because I would expect a thirsty child to be able to consume a normal sized drink.

superjobeespecs Sun 03-Jul-11 21:44:01

my DD gets the wee lunch box sized bottles of milk when we are in cafes atc the most ive paid is 50p and even then thats a bit dear to most places at 32p next time your in that particular place you should suggest they stock them as they are great for mums on the go with older kids. ive been getting DD them since she was 1 and she is now 6 smile

superjobeespecs Sun 03-Jul-11 21:44:38

they are about half a pint btw

NoWayNoHow Sun 03-Jul-11 21:45:50

SOrry, I don't know at what point I gave the impression that I'm expecting to have free milk - I've never said that, and that it's not what I do expect. I just don't want to spend ludicrous amounts on it.

worraliberty Sun 03-Jul-11 21:46:17

I'm not certain why I should have to go and buy paper cups and pints??

You don't...but if you're having coffee and cake in an overpriced coffee shop and the milk is too expensive, you could always have waited til you left and got your child a drink then.

Having said that, I've just realised you didn't know how much it was before you ordered it, so I suppose it's a lesson learnt.

ThePrincessRoyalFiggyrolls Sun 03-Jul-11 21:46:59

NoWay - Please PM me as to where you are, also a Kentite and don't want to be ripped off grin

usualsuspect Sun 03-Jul-11 21:48:37

£1.20 does seem a lot though ,but cafes do have overheads,wages to pay etc

NeedaCostume Sun 03-Jul-11 21:49:00

I think £1.20 is expensive.

50p would be about right - that is what they charge for a babyccino in Costa, I think.

mistressploppy Sun 03-Jul-11 21:49:25

I wouldn't necessarily expect it to be free, but £1.20 is iniquitous, yes. A bit silly of them really, as it's the sort of thing that just pisses people off. Milk is not expensive, and I bet you'd have been quite happy to pay 60p for it, or something. So YANBU, IMO

NoWayNoHow Sun 03-Jul-11 21:49:31

That's the thing, worral - the irony is that it's actually really reasonable there and everything else is an ok price. Probably why I was so shocked when she told me how much the milk was!

mistressploppy Sun 03-Jul-11 21:50:11

x-posts; world's slowest typist here, sorry grin

tethersend Sun 03-Jul-11 21:54:02

Next time, just keep asking for more milk with your coffee.

Think of it as a learning curve smile

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