But First, Coffee. Alternate Title: Off to a Bad Start

You know that saying “but first, coffee?” Well this is where it originated.

But First, Coffee

Off to a bad start

My morning has left me a bit traumatized. Most if it is my own fault, I realize, but I’m disturbed nonetheless.

The reason? Subway.

I saw a sign saying “free coffee” so I went in, like a sucker. Then I saw a sign saying “breakfast,” so like the silly girl I am, I ordered a sausage and egg muffin. Except I might not have said muffin. I can’t remember, because I was so confused by the menu. It was on the other side of the restaurant, and, in my coffee-deprived state, I couldn’t really read the details.

But first, coffee

Well, I should have guessed things were going downhill when the sandwich artist asked me what sort of bread I wanted. I looked up, confused, but chose wheat.

By the time I needed to pay, the cost was exorbitant. I actually couldn’t pay for my meal. The price I saw was $2.49, but the price on the till was twice as much. I thought at first she had charged me $2.50 for my free coffee, which seemed extreme, so I asked if I had read the sign wrong.

“No. Your breakfast sandwich costs $5.”

“What? But I’m reading $2.49. I can’t afford $5. I don’t have $5. Um…I have to leave.”

And, I turned to go. There was 100 per cent no way I was using my credit card for what began as free coffee.

“You told me what sort of bread you wanted. You said wheat. That’s the $5 breakfast sandwich.”

And that’s when I decided I wasn’t wrong, but I had been swindled. Looking at the menu more carefully (for I was now at the other side of the restaurant), I saw there were two sandwiches called “sausage and egg” with two very different prices beside them. I was not asked which one I was choosing, the cheap one or the ridiculously expensive one, and therefore, felt justly right in my refusal to use my credit card for a sandwich I didn’t even want.

The sandwich artist told me to take the sandwich because she’d just have to throw it away anyway. I don’t know if I was really right or not, but I emptied out my change purse and gave her all I had, which was about $2.73.

And don’t worry, I made sure to get my free coffee.

Other interesting posts and things

You know that saying "but first, coffee?" Well this is where it originated. That's totally a joke but this is still a great story. So read on!

One more thing. You may be interested in my free resource library. This is where I keep my files, downloads, ebooks, worksheets and whatever else I manage to create. I love sharing what I learn and want to keep adding to this library so it becomes a wealth of helpful goodness.

This is a free resource but I do require a password to access the library itself. You can get access by popping your email address into the form below.

Get Access to My Free Resource Library

* indicates required
You know that saying "but first, coffee?" Well this is where it originated.
This entry was posted in Coffee, Topics by Robyn Roste. Bookmark the permalink.

About Robyn Roste

My name is Robyn Roste and I'm a freelance writer in Abbotsford, BC. I help purpose-driven businesses translate their heart message into words so they can create meaningful connections with their customers.