Politeness goes a long way when it comes to your morning coffee, at least that’s what people learned from the viral coffee shop sign photo that took over social media news feeds. It seems that speaking politely to the barista can earn you a considerable discount, making morning coffee taste even better.
Mornings are not that great, especially if you haven’t had your coffee or if you’re in a hurry. Most people get out of the house, crawling towards the nearest coffee shop in search for their morning pick me up. However, caffeine cravings might make some of them a little crankier than usual.
While morning irascibility is perfectly understandable, people tend to forget that treating the individual who prepares your coffee like a servant is not acceptable.
That is why the owner of a small Virginian coffee shop decided to list a new pricing method, making it visible for all of his customers that a little politeness goes a long way.
The viral coffee shop sign photo that took over social media news feeds depicts a standard blackboard sign, sitting in front of the store with “Welcome to Cups!” written as a headline. The sign further reads:
“One small coffee.”
“One small coffee, please.”
“Hello, I’d like one small coffee, please.”
Austin Simms, the owner, and the barista who came up with the idea in the first place stated that coffee shop workers are the people who get up even earlier than the customers to open up and get the coffee brewing.
They are also influenced by the way in which they are treated. If a customer comes in, takes the time to say hello and please, the baristas will feel like they are respected for their work, not treated like menial workers.
On the other hand, if the baristas are forced to face individuals who walk in and shout their orders, they will not be having a good time at their job.
“I decided because I need to solve all injustices of the world to start charging more for people who didn’t take the time to say hello and connect and realize we’re all people behind the counter,” the owner declared.
What do you think about the approach? Do you agree that politeness goes a long way and that the message on the viral coffee shop photo is right?
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