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Waitress scolds British PM, asks to stand in queue

Wednesday July 04, 2012 06:54:28 PM, IANS

London: A waitress at a coffee shop in Britain failed to recognise Prime Minister David Cameron and told him she was busy serving other customers, and asked him to stand in a queue for 10 minutes.

Cameron was on his way to the Armed Forces Day celebrations in Plymouth when he decided to stop for coffee, the Daily Mail reported.

He went into the Sandwich Box Plus cafe, but waitress Sheila Thomas failed to recognise him and told him to wait.

Cameron's aides went inside another bakery next door, and picked up for Cameron a jam doughnut and a cup of tea.

When the prime minister began to enjoy his treat outside the shop, passers-by recognised him and he again went inside the first cafe.

However, Thomas was upset to see Cameron had picked up his food elsewhere and gave him another scolding.

"I didn't realise it was him (Cameron) at first. I was in the middle of serving a customer, so I was running around trying to do something and didn't take too much notice, to be honest," Thomas said.

"He asked if we served take-away coffee and I said, 'Yes but I'm in the middle of serving somebody', and he said, 'I'm so sorry'. It was only afterwards somebody told me it was the prime minister."

"He came back in afterwards and I told him off for not getting a coffee here. He shook hands and was very pleasant," Thomas said.

This was not the first time the prime minister has been made to wait for a drink by a busy waitress, the daily said.

Last year, while on holiday with his family in Tuscany, Cameron was forced to carry a tray of drinks to his table when 27-year-old waitress, Francesca Ariani, told him she did not have the time.





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