Fed up with customers calling her “auntie,” a coffee shop owner in Taiwan hung a banner in front of her shop stating that customers over 18 are not allowed to address her as “auntie.”
Located in Taoyuan City of northwestern Taiwan, a customer who visited the coffee shop shared the peculiar rule on the Baofei Commune Facebook forum. While ordering smoked chicken with onion and a glass of cold milk, the user, Chen Fuyun, said he addressed the owner as “auntie.” She ignored his order, and a fellow customer pointed towards the banner outside the shop. After correcting his mistake, the owner stated that the sign was made for customers like Chen.
The banner, hung on the entrance of the store, displays a photo of the owner along with a message stating: “To ensure the standard of the food served, adults aged 18 and above must refrain from referring to the stall owner as ‘auntie.’”
The coffee shop owner purportedly did not like customers assuming she was a generation older, although her age was not specified.
Chen said he immediately addressed the owner as “beautiful lady boss” and stated in his post that the food was good and that he did not find anything strange in his meal.
Internet users responded that women should be referred to as “older sister” while men should be addressed as “big brother.” Some users explained that rather than guessing an individual’s age, it is more polite to call men “mister” and women “miss.”