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Customer's outrage over $6.70 small coffee: ‘Rip off’

·Personal Finance Editor
·2-min read
The coffee Reddit user particularronnie purchased in Melbourne and a person removing $50 notes from a wallet.
The cost of living has been rising all around the country with one Aussie frustrated about the price of a coffee. (Source: Reddit user particularronnie/Getty)

A customer from a Melbourne cafe has complained about the price of a small coffee, but not everyone agreed with the outrage.

The person took to Reddit to express his disappointment with the $6.70 price tag on the small soy mocha, which he described as a “rip off”.

But the comments section told a different story.

“I hate capitalism as much as the next person, but there’s one cool thing about it. When a business says their coffee is $6.70.. YOU don’t have to buy it,” one user replied.

“The only one making you buy expensive soy mochas is you.”

Others said the price tag was fairly standard for the area and it’s to be expected prices would rise after the minimum wage was lifted back on July 1.

“Also when you add into the fact that most venues are FINALLY paying what they are supposed to to their employees. People are hypocrites when it comes to this stuff,” another user said.

Cost of living crisis

This comes as the cost of living has continued to rise, putting pressure on household budgets.

The most recent inflation data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed that the cost of living soared 6.1 per cent over the 12 months to June.

The low unemployment rate of 3.5 per cent has also been putting upward pressure on wages, prompting businesses to charge more for their goods and services.

The higher prices means Aussies have started to forgo meals out to save money.

Almost a quarter (22 per cent) of Aussies said going to restaurants was the first thing they had been cutting back on, according to a Finder survey of more than 2,000 people.

Detailed grocery data released by Frugl showed weather events, supply chain issues and high commodity prices were driving up the cost of food.

Beef had seen the sharpest increase in 12 months, soaring by 14.6 per cent, followed by household and cleaning product prices, which had rocketed up by 13.67 per cent in the 12 months to June.

The data also showed price hikes were hurting some shoppers more than others, with single professionals hit hardest by grocery price increases.

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