Culture shock

Dutch expat suffers huge culture shock when he moves to Australia to get free coffee

Expat shares his MASSIVE coffee culture shock in Australia: “It wouldn’t happen anywhere else”

  • Dutch expat Max de Vries expressed surprise at receiving a ‘free’ coffee
  • He visited the Single O cafe in Surry Hills but did not have a working credit card
  • The cafe didn’t accept cash but told him to come back later with a card
  • Max was overwhelmed by the confident nature of the barista

A Dutch man shared his surprise when he visited an Australian cafe only to be told he could ‘pay tomorrow’ on his return with a working credit card.

Max de Vries shared a video on his popular TikTok channel to explain what happened when he visited the Single O cafe in Surry Hills, Sydney, before his bank cards arrived in the post.

“So I just went to this cafe to just…get some coffee and something to eat. But then they would only accept the card, which I don’t have yet because it will arrive in the post in a few days,’ he said.

Max de Vries shared a video on his popular TikTok channel to explain what happened when he visited the Single O cafe in Surry Hills, Sydney, before his bank cards arrived in the post.

“So they said ‘oh it’s ok, just come back tomorrow’…okay, cool? Imagine any big city in the world…this has never happened to me. They just trust that I’ll be back , so cool.

Max’s admission saw him questioned in the comments section about returning to the cafe.

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“Yes, guys, don’t worry; I’ll go back when I get my card and also make sure to tip,” he said.

Many of his supporters were unsurprised by the generous offer on the streets of downtown Sydney.

“Because a caffeinated and nourished society is a happy and healthy society. Welcome to Australia,” one man said.

“Because Aussies are generally very laid back and confident. Make it your regular coffee,” another said.

Max's admission saw him questioned in the comments section about returning to the cafe.

Max’s admission saw him questioned in the comments section about returning to the cafe.

A third added: ‘It happened to me two weeks ago in Brisbane! I live in the US and I was like huh?

Max replied: ‘I myself lived in the United States for about two years, and yes; I can’t imagine that happening there. The culture shock is real.

Other cafe managers in other states confirmed what Max said was true, with a number of them saying they had extended the same friendliness to regulars and non-regulars alike.

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