I went to work again today. Twice in one week! I know: madness.
The place where I’m working has no facilities. Of any kind. It’s also small and cramped. And with five of us in there today, it felt even more so.
And so, mid-morning, I volunteered to go and get us some teas and coffees.
The nearest place was the local supermarket which, I was told, had a cafeteria in it.
My heart dropped though, when I walked in and saw the sign proclaiming that they were “Proud to serve Costa Coffee“.
I queued for ages, waiting for the disinterested barista (a somewhat grandiose title for a spotty seventeen year old who makes bad coffee) to serve me.
Two teas, two coffees and a small bottle of water came to a hundred pounds.
So many supermarkets have outsourced their cafè/restaurant areas to these noncy – and very expensive – coffee shops now. In our local Tesco’s cafè, you used to be able to get ham, egg and chips and a cup of tea, all for just £3.25
But then they changed it to a Costa, and so now, for lunch, you’ll pay about 8 quid for a bite-size panini, a pecan slice and a cup of tea that’s so bloody hot you can’t touch it for twenty minutes.
Tomorrow, I shall search out one of those side-of-the-road snack wagons. It’ll be cheaper and I’d rather give my money to an old boy trying to eek out an honest living in B&Q’s car park, than some mighty conglomerate… that may, or may not, pay any taxes. *
Tesco should change their sign: “Proud to sell over-priced, over-rated coffee“.
Because every little helps.
* other rip-off coffee houses are available