How to pay less at a cafe
The cafe that charges polite customers less
I'm used to paying extra for the little things at cafes. Soy milk = 50c. Sauce = 20c. I've even paid extra to have things REMOVED from a dish. So when I hear of a cafe that's actually charging customers less, I immediately think there must be a catch. In order to get a discount at this Virginia cafe, customers simply have to be polite.
But in an age when we're almost constantly plugged in (and almost always expected to be so), just popping downstairs for a quick coffee rarely means you're just popping downstairs for a quick coffee. There are emails to catch up on, calls to make... So, instead of treating your barista as a human being with needs and wants, you trust them as a mere conduit to you and your next caffeine hit. No greeting, just order coffee, pay for coffee, take coffee away. But this Virginia cafe is rewarding customers for their politeness, charging those who simply say, 'small coffee' $5, while those who add a 'please' are charged only $3.
For those customers who say, 'Hello, one small coffee please', the price comes down to a mere $1.75.
This isn't the first time cafes have taken it upon themselves to make the world a more polite place, with a cafe in Nice likewise incentivising its customers to use the magic word. The Petite Syrah cafe charged customers €7 for 'a coffee', but a more affordable €4.25 for 'a coffee please', the Daily Mail reported. "It started as a joke because at lunchtime people would come in very stressed and were sometimes rude to us when they ordered a coffee," Fabrice Pepino, manager of the Petite Syrah, said. "I know people say that French service can be rude but it's also true that customers can be rude when they’re busy."