A couple of mornings per week I stop at a local McDonalds for coffee (yes, I am very bad). There is a young man with an amazingly sweet smile who works at the drive-thru window. Usually he is the one who hands me my drink, always with this big smile as he wishes me a good day.

Today he was at the first window, where I pay for my coffee, and he took a moment to not only wish me a good day, but to thank me for my consistently courteous interaction, because I typically smile, bid him good day in return, and say thank you when he hands me my drink. Apparently not all customers are friendly or even polite. I respond to him because this young man is working at McDonalds and from my place on the other side of the counter he is putting forth a concerted effort to do a great job. From our few seconds of interaction once, maybe twice a week, I have a extra positive start to the days, because a cheerful young man working aminimum wage job smiles genuinely and sounds sincere when he wishes me a good day.

Thinking about it now, I still smile. What he shares so freely is refreshing and priceless to me.

4 thoughts on “Smiles freely shared

  1. To me, there is nothing more fulfilling than smiling…I try and smile at everyone and I really enjoy getting one back 🙂

  2. I always say hello when I pull up to a drive through and if they are friendly and engaging I always say thank you, etc. It annoys me when they just hand out your bag or drink and can’t even bother to say hello or thank you. My DD learned good customer service being a restaurant hostess and then server. Customers loved her and regulars would ask to sit in her section, if possible. Starbucks window workers are always really friendly. I like that 🙂

    1. It truly takes so little to smile and say hello during these quick interactions. This young man stands out for me because he’s so happy and awake where his coworkers are more like sleeping drones.

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