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 Cafeâs social media after reading a negative review about fictional Calmer Coffee in VCE exam
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 âtablet-wieldingâ waiter with a manbun who served burnt coffee and an âexhaustive list of frappes, soy and almond milksâ.
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.
âI wrote about this in my exam and it seems that this is a terrible cafe with poor service,â 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.
âThis is my livelihood, this is my business, Iâve spent 10 years of my life building it up,â she told Guardian Australia. âAll the VCAA had to do was Google us.â
She said no one from the VCAA had phoned her directly to apologise.
âI donât know how much this is going to cost me,â she said.
âWe tried to win some good reviews back by offering free coffee to year 12 students.â
Conron, said business was going well until this incident.
âItâs an insecure job owning your own business, you need to pay everybody else before yourself,â 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.Topics
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