“You don’t know how to use it”: a US writer wanted to expose the alleged failure of an electric kettle on TikTok and unleashed a wave of lapidary comments

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"You don't know how to use it": a US writer wanted to expose the alleged failure of an electric kettle on TikTok and unleashed a wave of lapidary comments

Nikki Moustaki, a freelance author and writer living between Miami Beach and New York City, USA, bought a new electric kettle, but was surprised when it overflowed the moment it reached boiling point. He decided to share a video on his account TikTok claiming that the appliance had a fault, and caused a viral result when netizens made him see his mistake. The most horrified were the British who scoffed at his attempt to make the tea, boiling the leaves directly in the kettle with water.

Moustaki’s intention was to show that the device had a ‘major defect’, and he illustrated it with the moment when the tea is expelled from the spout, asking other users: “Why do this?”. However, the followers, especially the British, were shocked at TikTok and they commented that it was her fault because it was boiling in the kettle with the infuser which caused the tea to spill everywhere.

He then posted a series of videos that record his attempts to brew the tea correctly, but he further horrified people by using tea bags directly into the kettle and hot coconut milk, which he poured into the cup first. “I hope I don’t create an international incident with what I’m doingMoustaki said.

Nikki Moustaki, a writer living in Miami Beach, USA, bought a new electric kettle but was surprised when it overflowed when it reached boiling point and took to TikTok to share the ‘flaw’.

The reactions

With the first video, Moustakis got a huge number of views and comments, which multiplied in his subsequent posts. A TikTok user named Gabrielle pointed out her problem and wrote: “First boil the water and then put the tea with the diffuser”. Another joked: “Americans have a kettle and this is what they do”, while another person wrote: “I can notice the MAJOR DEFECT: you don’t know how to use it”.

The only way to make tea sparked a fierce debate in the comment section, with people chipping in to teach you how to brew the brew. However, a user named Queenie wrote: “Nothing unites the English more than an American without knowing how to use a kettle”.

In a follow-up video of TikTokNikki shared an update to assure her fans that she had figured out how to use the kettle, removing the tea infuser, which was much worse in the eyes of netizens. In the caption, he wrote: ‘Okay, now it works’, after admitting that the ‘defect’ was actually his. Then he prepared a “perfect british tea” using diffuser bags.

Nikki Moustaki shared a second video and it only made it worse. The reactions to his way of preparing tea with milk were lapidary

Nikki indicated that, following her logic, if you use one bag per cup you only have one serving of tea, so she decided to use several bags at the same time to get “a large quantity of tea that I can fill four cups with. Has no sense?”.

After boiling the kettle, he steeped the tea bag, but commenters voiced their criticism. Have you ever read the instructions on a tea package? asked a commentator ”. Another added: “Show me that you’re American without telling me”.

Nikki Moustakis’s posts quickly became a viral phenomenon, and each post has hundreds of comments that mix a bit of mockery and humor about the way she used the electrical device.

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