A woman had a series of minor medical tests scheduled at the local hospital. Once she had completed the tests, she decided to treat herself to a coffee inside the hospital cafe. However, instead of having a relaxing experience, she found herself in a bizarre altercation over dairy alternatives.
Her Milk Preferences
The woman’s favorite coffee was a latte with oat milk. She loved the taste of it, but also found her stomach somewhat intolerant to dairy milk, so oat milk worked perfectly as a substitute.
Queuing For Coffee
As the woman stood in line for her coffee, she couldn’t help but notice a man in front of her who seemed to be muttering something under his breath. His disgruntled mumblings grew louder each time a customer ordered a coffee with plant-based milk.
The Vocal Coffee Critic
It was soon the strange man’s turn to order. He looked around and proclaimed, perhaps a bit too loudly, “I want a regular drip coffee with real milk, not this froufrou stuff everyone drinks these days.” The barista rolled her eyes but complied with his request.
A Silent Standoff
Meanwhile, the woman was next in line and decided to order a latte with oat milk. She sensed tension building and anticipated a confrontation, but she knew wasn’t intentionally provoking anyone. After all, oat milk was her standard choice.
The Unwanted Comment
Upon ordering, the man couldn’t resist commenting on the woman’s choice, looking directly at her and saying, “You know that’s not milk, right?” The woman calmly replied, “Yes, I know.” But the man persisted, suggesting that switching to regular milk would be a healthier choice.
The Breaking Point
It was at this moment that the woman’s patience wore thin. She retorted, “Sure, dairy won’t kill me, but I don’t want to have digestive issues all the way home and potentially poop myself”. The woman noted that her description had been far more graphic and descriptive, and her candid response seemed to disgust and shock the man and the barista.
A Surprise Reaction
The man, clearly flustered, threw his coffee away and abruptly left the coffee shop, leaving both the barista and the woman in a state of surprise.
Reflecting on the encounter, the woman couldn’t help but feel a twinge of embarrassment and guilt. She had graphically described the explosive bowel movements she would have if she had drunk dairy milk, not only for the complaining man to hear, but for the barista and other members of the public. She felt cringey for putting the barista and other people through this.
Her Husband’s Thoughts
Upon arriving home, the woman confided in her husband, who found the situation amusing but also agreed that the response might have been a bit gross and inappropriate. The woman had acted out of annoyance, justifiably tired of unsolicited comments from strangers, but had likely made other people and certainly the strange man uncomfortable in the process.
The Internet’s Thoughts
The woman confessed her actions to her favorite online support group, ready to be grilled for what she perceived to be her cringe-inducing actions. However, she received nothing but support from readers. “Don’t worry about it, you’re overthinking it”, commented one person. “The dude totally deserved that for being a busybody.”
A Unanimous Sentiment
Everyone seemed to agree with the previous comment’s sentiment. “Yup, he did ask and you let him know in no uncertain terms that there are horrible stomach and intestinal symptoms that follow when some people drink milk”, another person defended. “Some people need to hear it and be disgusted in order for them to leave others alone and shut their mouths.”
Praise From The Lactose Intolerant Community
Despite thinking she would be ridiculed, the woman was pleasantly surprised to find appreciation for taking a stand, especially from fellow milk substitute drinkers. “That was fantastic”, praised another commenter. “Well done, and thank you on behalf of the many lactose-intolerant people out there who have to put up with people like him way too often.”
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