When the staffers of a coffee shop grew tired of having to interact with rude customers they hacked a genius yet genuine plan to fix it.
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How hard is it to greet someone with polite words early in the morning, especially when that someone is serving you your daily dose of coffee? Apparently, it's quite hard. So, when the staffers of a coffee shop grew tired of having to interact with rude customers they hacked a genius yet genuine plan to fix it. They placed a sign outside their shop reminding customers that a simple "please" and "thank you" could indeed get them a long way.
This is what the sign read:
"Small coffee $5
Small coffee, please $3
Hello, one small coffee please $ 1.75"
This clever sign made it clear that you would be charged higher than normal if you couldn't manage to be polite while interacting with the staffers. No one's expected to have a full-blown conversation with the barista for hours, but a simple "please" and "good morning" was all they really wanted. Asking people to treat you with the same courtesy and respect that you are extending them is not much to ask for. When the image reached Reddit, people jokingly asked if they would receive free coffee for being extra polite. User NecroNinjaMan21 hilariously wrote: "Good morning, sorry to bother but may I purchase One small coffee if thats alright? Thank you very much, have a great day." -they pay you to drink their coffee.
Someone mentioned that this rule might rub socially awkward people the wrong way and as a result, they might avoid visiting the place altogether. But user El-Zilcho immediately responded to this explaining: I'm socially awkward but I don't mind coffee shops restaurant cause it fits the context, but I started feeling normal in these situations after reading a tourist guide to the Netherlands where you're expected to say hello when you enter someone's shop and say goodbye when you leave, now I do it every shop I visit in the UK. Also in Southampton, everyone says thank you to the bus driver when they get off at their stop and now I got into the habit of saying thank you in any city bus, even rude cities like London. It is out of context communications that get me awkward.
User J1ffyLub3 agreeably expressed: There's a difference between just being polite and expecting a conversation :P I'm socially awkward AF, and just being a decent person isn't hard to do. now if you expect me to bring up the weather or talk about my day...that's when it's time to avoid. But not everyone with El-Zilcho's views and regarded the shop's guidelines unnecessarily controlling. User imnotlegolas shared: I'm not socially awkward but I'd avoid the place too. I just want a coffee, I don't want to be lectured by a coffeeshop and told what to say when I order it. I'm always polite and say please, but now they basically force me to say it and don't allow myself to be polite from my own motivation. It just loses its meaning that way and quite pointless.
Another Reddit user took the comment section to share a similar experience. The kid who swiped my badge at the gym this morning got way too excited when I said good morning and asked how he was doing. He was like "I am doing well! Thank you for asking! :)" as I was walking away I wondered if thats because he is a nice kid or because everyone else never even acknowledges his existence, they wrote. But vida-vida shared how his politeness was ignored in a similar scenario. The front desk guy at my gym on the weekends doesn't say hi, doesn't make eye contact, throws the towel on the counter, and doesn't answer when I say thank you. So I stopped treating rudeness with kindness. I no longer acknowledge him, just show my badge and walk away. This morning he asked how I was doing, they recalled.
Finally, one person pointed out how foreign the concept of politeness has become today. "Good morning! Don't you look lovely today? I must say, this establishment is a real credit to the barristic arts! I have never felt so warm and welcomed in a place of public refreshment before! Would you be so kind as to honor me by preparing one of your delicious beverages?" - hauled off in straitjacket, fullonfacepalmist hilariously noted.