Barista does his job well with­out smile

The Kansas City Star - - Sports - BY JU­DITH MAR­TIN, NI­CHOLAS IVOR MAR­TIN AND JA­COBINA MAR­TIN

DEAR MISS MAN­NERS: Since re­lo­cat­ing two years ago, I walk two blocks to the same lo­cal cof­fee shop to order a morn­ing cof­fee and latte for my wife and me. As I’m a rec­og­nized reg­u­lar pa­tron, I’ve come to know nearly ev­ery mem­ber of the staff. I al­ways greet them with a warm hello, and they re­spond in kind – that is, ex­cept for one cur­mud­geon of a cashier.

I know he knows I’m a reg­u­lar, be­cause he knows our drink order by heart, as well as my name. But for what­ever rea­son, he has never once even at­tempted to be cor­dial.

Should I bring up his curt be­hav­ior with the store man­ager, who is al­ways friendly to me? Or should I sim­ply ac­cept that this is his nor­mal de­meanor? I know it’s a small thing, but it’s re­ally start­ing to rub me the wrong way.

GEN­TLE READER: And your cheer­i­ness may be rub­bing him the wrong way. Yet Miss Man­ners does not want you to change.

You don’t even have to ac­cept the idea that he will never change. Peo­ple have dif­fer­ent tem­per­a­ments, and some­times the steady ad­min­is­tra­tion of cheer can make an even­tual dif­fer­ence.

But the worst thing you could do is to get him in trou­ble by re­port­ing him.

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