[SO WHAT ELSE ... ?]Who wants to be a millionaire?

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[SO WHAT ELSE ... ?]Who wants to be a millionaire?

My colleague Yong-hee and I were getting our usual coffee from one of the franchise coffee shops near work. We asked for what's called "sleeves" to hold the hot cups. A Korean woman behind the counter said, "On this cold day, other people don't ask for them, because the cup can warm their hands." But she gave us the sleeves.

When I was about to leave, the tall paper cup slipped from my fingers and the coffee squirted out from the white plastic cover's opening, burning my hand. The coffee was unbelievably hot, and I stood there moaning and complaining. Another Korean woman behind the counter said, "You know, our coffee is about 100 degrees. You should be careful."

Recalling the infamous legal case involving the burning-hot coffee served at McDonald's in the United States years ago, I said, "You can be sued for something like this." Both women casually shrugged and retorted, "We didn't do it. The machine did it!"

Sipping our coffee, Yong-hee and I talked about what we could do with millions of dollars.

inescho@joongang.co.kr
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