I started work today at 6am on very little sleep. I was tired and cranky and unable to shake myself awake when one of our regulars came in and ordered his usual. He never really says much – just points at the medium size and says “coffee”. But today he wished us a happy new year in Chinese and handed each of us a little envelope:
Which I thought was cute enough in itself. But then I opened it up to find a crisp 5 dollar bill inside. How incredible is that? Here is a man who I might see every day but in many ways we are strangers. All I know about him is he likes the medium size and all he knows about me is that I pour a mean cup o’ joe. And yet he took it upon himself to include myself and my coworkers into his traditions by giving us gifts that are normally only bestowed upon family. I feel truly honored. And can guarantee that the next time I see him – his medium coffee is 100% on me!