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Time 107.5 FM’s Steve Allen: My coffee’s only worth 10p? I’m fighting back

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 February 2017

Time FM DJ Steve Allen, who writes opinion columns for the Ilford Recorder and Romford Recorder every week.

Time FM DJ Steve Allen, who writes opinion columns for the Ilford Recorder and Romford Recorder every week.

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I often plan the radio show while sat in a coffee shop. In fact, in the past I have made a feature out of the things I #haveOverheardInARomfordCoffeeShop as Twitter makes me say it.

They have recently included: “No, I’m not into all that Fifty Shades business, I don’t even like it when I stub my toe.”

If you were sat near me you may have heard an grumpy man shout: “How much?!”

I was enjoying a half-caf skinny venti when I saw the news that a cappuccino costing an average £2.52 these days contains around 10p worth of coffee in it.

We wouldn’t accept that anywhere else.

If you went into a sweet shop, asked for a 10p mix and was charged £2.52 for it you’d either complain or realise you’re in London.

When you know your drink only contains 10p worth of coffee it makes the tips jar next to the till see a little galling.

As I sat there I was trying to workout how to get my money’s worth.

The sachets of sugar on the condiment stand are free. They’re about 4g.

One kg is worth 69p in my local supermarket, so to make the £2.42 back I’d need 1,536.

I don’t have the pockets to sneak all of those out and the biggest problem with that plan is that I don’t have sugar.

We simply get ripped off in life.

Coffee doesn’t have a lot of coffee in it, sandwiches are more bread than filling and so-called man-sized tissues are nowhere near as big as me.

So I say, get your own back.

For every hour at work you are paid for work 2.38 minutes and it works out the same.

And if you tune in to my radio show, you’ll see I’ve already started.

Tune into Steve’s Friday show on Time 107.5 FM at 2.15pm for the weekly local paper review with the Recorder.

You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/mrstevenallen.


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