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Melbourne cafe bombarded with bad reviews after year 12 exam question

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Melbourne cafe bombarded with bad reviews after year 12 exam question

Australian education Melbourne cafe bombarded with bad reviews after year 12 exam question

Students post on Calmer Cafe’s social media after reading a negative review about fictional Calmer Coffee in VCE exam

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An Aberfeldie cafe called Calmer Cafe says it has been criticised on social media as a result of an English exam question about a fictional review of a non-existent Calmer Coffee. Photograph: IGphotography/Getty Images/iStockphoto

The owner of a Melbourne cafe that has been inundated with bad reviews after a fictional cafe with a similar name was mentioned in a year 12 exam question is now considering taking legal action.

More than 40, 000 students sat the VCE English exam this week and were asked to analyse a fictional review about a non-existent hipster cafe called Calmer Coffee in Benmore Village.

The review talked about a “tablet-wielding” waiter with a manbun who served burnt coffee and an “exhaustive list of frappes, soy and almond milks”.

After the exam, students posted unfavourable references from the exam â€" about bad decor and terrible service â€" on the social media accounts of a real business â€" Calmer Cafe in north west suburb of Aberfeldie.

“I wrote about this in my exam and it seems that this is a terrible cafe with poor service,” one student wrote in an online review.

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority has said it had checked and confirmed that there was no registered business with the name Calmer Coffee before setting the exam.

Calme r Cafe owner Tara Conron, 29, accused the VCAA of carelessness.

“This is my livelihood, this is my business, I’ve spent 10 years of my life building it up,” she told Guardian Australia. “All the VCAA had to do was Google us.”

She said no one from the VCAA had phoned her directly to apologise.

“I don’t know how much this is going to cost me,” she said.

“We tried to win some good reviews back by offering free coffee to year 12 students.”

Conron, said business was going well until this incident.

“It’s an insecure job owning your own business, you need to pay everybody else before yourself,” she said.

A VCAA spokesman acknowledged the saga had cause a lot of inconvenience to the business and said the authority had spoken with cafe management and apologised.

Last year Indigenous poet Ellen van Neerven received racist and vulgar posts on Facebook after her poem Mango was used as a sample text in the NSW year 12 English exam.

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Source: Google Australia | Netizen 24 Australia

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