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March 27th, 2011

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09:19 pm - Flattered.

Usually when I'm making bar drinks for the cafe and drive-through at the same time during a rush, I like to keep my head low and try not to look at the angry customers who are more than likely looking at the time or tapping their feet impatiently. I know if I acknowledge they're there, they'll acknowledge how slow I am and that they've been waiting a whole 5 minutes. I just try to bust out the drinks as efficiently as possible.
I called out a drink and made the mistake of making eye contact with the recipient, so I said, "Thanks!" like a good baristabot, hoping he wouldn't verbally abuse me in some way.

He opened his mouth to speak, so I prepared my, "sorry for the wait blahblahblah" spiel in my head, but what he said completely baffled me.

"Wow! You're so fast and amazing to watch! Thanks!"

That was completely unexpected.

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Date:March 28th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Dude, did your LJ post app just put your street address down as your current location? Or something very close to it?
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Date:March 28th, 2011 06:17 am (UTC)
Uuuh, yeah apparently it did. It didn't get the exact street address right though. Huh.
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Date:March 28th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
Aww! Yay for nice people. :)
Date:March 28th, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
Since working fast food ive always given management an extra min or two from the norm to get the food out. Its tough, practically thankless job sometimes.
Date:March 28th, 2011 07:54 am (UTC)
Being that I own an espresso machine and often make myself a macchiato in the mornings, I greatly appreciate the speed and efficiency with which a barista in a coffee shop can make me delicious caffeine. :D

Making coffee can be an art and requires a little TLC if you want it to be good. If people think you're just pressing a button to fill a cup and they just want something caffeinated, fast, they can go to McDonald's and enjoy having their palette insulted.
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Date:March 28th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you got some props!

I always try to be nice to people in service industries. I don't get the mindset of entitlement and RUSHRUSHRUSH. We're all on this ball of mud together!
Date:March 28th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)


I describe your speed at the bar to people as "preternatural," because your smoothness and efficiency of motion really is almost magical to behold. You deserve many more comments like this from customers, methinks.

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