Four coffee shop customers queue separately in matching coats leaving staff in stitches
The four posed for a photo which racked up thousands of likes on social media (Image: Kennedy News/Emily Lawrence)
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Staff at a tiny coffee shop must have thought there was a glitch in the matrix when four customers queued up separately all wearing identical mustard yellow coats.
Rebecca Birch had met up with her friend Emily Lawrence for some exercise in Sherborne, Dorset, and the pair were left slightly red-faced when they both turned up in matching jackets.
But when they dropped into Cafe Nero to grab a drink, they found a customer already waiting in line was also wearing a similar yellow bubble coat – and while they were discussing the bizarre coincidence, a fourth woman strolled in to complete the coat quartet.
Mum-of-five Rebecca joked the group were "a ray of sunshine in difficult times", leaving the baristas in stitches as they posed for a picture in the queue.
Rebecca said the situation has made her consider 'switching up my style'
(Image: Kennedy News/Emily Lawrence)
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She said: "It was one of those moments that was so funny. We were like 'oh my god, we've got the same coat on'.
"It was such a funny thing to happen. The response was brilliant. We were laughing and talking about how we loved the bright colour."
The taxi driver Rebecca said she and pal Emily were already laughing and "felt quite silly" when the two of them turned up in twinning outfits, but the situation slowly got more and more strange when they walked into the coffee shop to see the coat for the third time.
"There was already one person in there ordering a coffee," said the 48-year-old "She was there with her baby and her husband.
Best friends Rebecca Birch and Emily Lawrence
(Image: Kennedy News and Media)
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"We looked at each other and said 'oh my god, look. She's got the same colour coat on as well'. We had a laugh with them and the barista said 'look at you three all matching with your mustard-coloured coats on'.
"We started to order and the next minute I turned around and this lady walked in behind me. I couldn't believe someone else had walked in with the same coat on.
"They're all different – ones Joules, one's Benneton, one's Primark. The lady at the back said 'mine's Marks & Spencer'.
"My friend said 'oh, you couldn't take a photo could you?' to the lady's husband. The baristas were all laughing. There were two on the shift and the girl serving us was incredulous – it was hilarious.
"It's made me think about mixing up my style a bit."
Rebecca posted a photo on social media, and it racked up more than 21,000 likes as she was inundated with messages from people saying it had 'made their day'.
Rebecca said: "The thing I like about the picture as well is it shows a sign of the times – we're all standing there with masks on. It's quite poignant.
"With all the news out there at the moment, it's something so simple. It's made people smile. So many people have said it's hilarious and made their day."