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To get irritated by one sachet of sugar on a saucer when I go to a cafe? (lighthearted!)

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user1491572121 Sat 15-Apr-17 11:24:11

First world problem I know...so don't slaughter me for moaning. It's just annoying!

I hate it when I go into a cafe and am brought a cup of coffee with one (presumptious) sachet of sugar on the saucer.

First of all, I then have to ask for more...often illiciting a comment such as "Oooh that's a lot of sugar!" or similar.

Secondly, why don't they just have some on the table in a bowl?

It's also annoying when I visit a cafe and am asked "Would you like sugar?"

As though I'm at a mate's house and they expect to put it in for me!

I like to add my own sugar as it varies according to the size of the cup...I also usually taste it then adjust...AIBU? It seems to be something I keep coming up against! Generally in independant cafes.

Oysterbabe Sat 15-Apr-17 11:25:57

YABU. I wouldn't trust people not to sneeze in the sugar bowl and sugar in coffee is gross grin

scaryclown Sat 15-Apr-17 11:26:43

in indie cafe's its not about how much sugar you want, its how the saucer is curated for instagram. DON'T YOU GET IT?!?!?!
grin

user1491572121 Sat 15-Apr-17 11:28:08

Oyster sachets in a bowl I mean!

Scary then sachets wouldn't be good! They need those random, varied lumps of raw brown stuff!

user1491572121 Sat 15-Apr-17 11:29:36

Also the offending cafe today was pretending to be a cool place with prices to match the decor.

Vintage cups and saucers...all very 60s and 70s...orange, mismatched mod prints etc...practical sawdust on the floor...yet they were too tight to put a bowl of sachets on the table!

Doublevodkaredbull Sat 15-Apr-17 11:29:57

Pub I work in used to have bowls on the table but people kept stealing them. I mean empty the bowls into their handbags. I just whack three sachets on the saucer.

user1491572121 Sat 15-Apr-17 11:31:24

Well God. I suppose I understand that then Double but they could just offer people 5 or so in a small bowl. And if I'm paying trendy prices then I expect trendy treatment! grin

The word trendy is so not.

Doublevodkaredbull Sat 15-Apr-17 11:32:30

No trendy prices from us - 99p a latte! At the moment we have a huge problem with sauce theft. I restock sauce boxes each night and by the next afternoon all of the posh vinegar is missing shock

OldandJaded Sat 15-Apr-17 11:35:22

YANBU - I like to taste the sugar in my tea/coffee and even hot chocolate! I have a sweet tooth and if I'm going to spend best part of £3 on a treat hot drink I want to enjoy it!
I ask for more but yeah, I get comments too, I replied to one that you don't get a flabby wobbly body like mine without a bit of effort grin lightened the mood lol

CigarsofthePharoahs Sat 15-Apr-17 12:01:28

Well I'd be heading back and asking for canderel!
Surely its going to cost money due to the large number of people who don't even take sugar? Once its been handed to someone, I would hope it would be chucked away rather than be given to someone else!
My local garden centre cafe has a big selection of sugars and sweeteners by the till. However even these are not safe from light fingers as I observed a lady filling her entire tray with them. Took the whole bloody lot!
Then spent ages at a table stashing them in various handbags with her mate.

SingaSong12 Sat 15-Apr-17 12:09:30

Yabu to be irritated by the cafe only providing one sachet if they often go to waste.

YWNBU at all to be irritated and I'm often angry at customers who take advantage of cafes and restaurants so that they can't trust people not to steal sugar, salt, pepper grinders or pick up piles of napkins when a couple would do. Fair enough to take more napkins if you have toddlers who feel need hands wiped or another good reason, not if you are on your own with a cup of coffee.

wictional Sat 15-Apr-17 13:01:00

I always ask if anyone wants sugar before I put the lids on the takeaway coffee because if not people faff around and moan at me that it's too fiddly.

We also have bowls on tables that people take handfuls out of, and next to the till, which people also take handfuls from (which then come back untouched but because they've been on the trays etc we can't reuse them). That's infuriating to me. It's very wasteful.

wictional Sat 15-Apr-17 13:02:36

It's the same with napkins. Yesterday a whole wodge of untouched napkins came back through into the kitchen on a single tray. So wasteful!

Doublevodkaredbull Sat 15-Apr-17 13:20:33

wictional it's so annoying isn't it?

SwedishEdith Sat 15-Apr-17 13:27:05

I never have sugar so get irritated with being given it. But that's nothing compared to my rage at being asked if I want milk in an Americano.

wictional Sat 15-Apr-17 13:31:07

swedishedith I always ask if they want milk or cream in an americano because if not I get a "er, can I get some milk for my coffee??!!" With heavy "are you an idiot" implied in their voice.

amicissimma Sat 15-Apr-17 13:32:56

" But that's nothing compared to my rage at being asked if I want milk in an Americano."

Ooh, that's a new one to me. DH does have milk in his Americano and DS doesn't, ie a white Americano or a black Americano. Is one "correct"? If so, which?

But I do get mildly irritated by having sugar put on the the saucer. Any slop turns it into a mushy mess. Surely at least as many people don't take sugar as do, and of those who do, how to decide how many they'd like. Why not just ask before putting one sachet on?

SwedishEdith Sat 15-Apr-17 13:33:31

grin. I do the "No" with heavy "are you an idiot" implied in my voice. Actually, I've given up and just ask for a black coffee now.

SwedishEdith Sat 15-Apr-17 13:34:28

An Americano is a black coffee.

MrsPear Sat 15-Apr-17 13:38:06

What I get annoyed about is being given brown sugar for tea.

Doublevodkaredbull Sat 15-Apr-17 13:49:40

Mrs I'm with you on that. White sugar for tea!

The thing is we're so busy for coffee because of our prices and as we're a pub primarily it's not feasible to ask people how many sugars etc. We just don't have time and the saucers are laid out with spoons and sachets ready to go.

I totally get going somewhere that charges more than 99p and expecting better service.

Meekonsandwich Sat 15-Apr-17 14:36:29

It actually isn't, an Americano is a double (long) espresso with water, that can be served with milk or without.
A black coffee is a single espresso with water.
White coffee is a single espresso with water and a little bit of milk.
I could go on.

I got a shock when I had angry customers at work say "where's the milk?!" after I gave them the Americano they asked for, so I always ask now smile

Also, why are you annoyed at asking for more sugar sachets? Just ask! I guarantee its because people like to steal them.
Also if you don't want the sugar sachet, just give it back!!!! It's not hard!
"Oh I don't take sugar, thanks!"
Done!

user1491572121 Sat 15-Apr-17 16:41:12

Meek I think it's because I'm irritated by their presuming everybody takes ONE sugar.

Why is ONE sachet the default?

People know that there are variations on how many sugars people take...it's either none, one, two or so on. So why go with the least amount as default?

It's assuming everyone's a theif...that's why I'm irritated by it.

CactusFred Sat 15-Apr-17 16:59:41

I get annoyed when they bring me sugar as I don't want it! Always 2 sachets lol.

I wouldn't want it from the table. Last week my ds poured salt into the table one and had to tell staff as imagine the poor sod putting that into their tea!

Meekonsandwich Sat 15-Apr-17 18:38:30

Hehe yes but in retail you'd be shocked at how many people do it!!! Taking 10 napkins at a time to throw them in the bin, asking for more bags than necessary that they are literally going to take from me and then take the stuff out of, it all comes from the shops profit and means less hours less wages and less staff.

It'd be nice to live in a world where people didnt take advantage but they do.

After reading the thread about reusing unfranked stamps I have no doubts that the majority would take them and run ;)

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