“In New Zealand if you asked for a coffee, it was a teaspoon of Nescafe.”

Kings Cross, 1986, newly arrived struggling actor waiting tables: an American customer orders a decaf coffee. “Suddenly I’m faced with long black, short black, cappuccino, and cafe latte – plus decaffeinated. So I take her a cup of hot water. She says, ‘This is boiling water.’ I say, ‘Lady, when we decaffeinate something in Australia, we don’t fuck around!”‘ The 22-year-old got fired.


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