Coffee shop owner scolded on Facebook for stingy treatment of artist

An art student was offered an amount of NT$3,000 for her paintings on a coffee shop.

Photo credits to D-card

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A coffee shop owner was widely accused on Facebook of exploiting an art student by paying her as little as possible for her work.

On August 15, a competent third-year art student wrote on a public Facebook group called D-card that she was hired to design the front of a coffee shop. After two weeks, she completed a total of six beautiful drawings to the satisfaction of the store’s owner; nevertheless, he only offered to pay her a miserly amount of NT$3,000, she said.

At the time the store's owner informed her about her payment via telephone, she immediately burst out crying as she was being offered a surprisingly low wage. In fact, she did not discuss payment in advance but expected to receive around NT$80,000 to NT$100,000 for her efforts in the previous two weeks.

The situation provoked numerous indignant comments from Facebook users about the owner's stingy reaction. Some of them even got into the store's Facebook page and left many critical comments as "3,000 yuan, how can you pay only NT$3,000?","Last time I hired someone just to paint white on my walls but I had to pay NT$2,500/day and that did not include material fees either!".

Later, the artist's parents went to talk to the store's owner and asked him to pay NT$15,000. He finally gave her a total of NT$20,000 but his decision still did not please online commentators. As a result, the girl decided to take down the post in order to stop widespread criticism from internet users.

(Photo credits to: D-Card)

(Photo credits to: D-Card)

(Photo credits to: D-Card)

(Photo credits to: D-Card)