The day I got 2 free large coffees at Starbucks (And 1 Venti)
Sudden urge to tell this story. I was in Oklahoma visiting my now-wife once when I went alone to a Starbucks after a day of overheating on a beautiful hike. To those that don’t know how it is to have heat exhaustion, it’s like temporary brain damage for a few hours to a few days depending on how overheated you had gotten. In short, I was on autopilot; neither could I think nor could I pick between options.
However, I had a term paper to write so the goal here was, get a large coffee. Even this I could not manage. I ambled up to the counter like a zombie, nobody in line behind me, and proceeded to attempt to ask for a coffee for the next 5 minutes and fail miserably. I don’t even remember what words I used, but I do know that sentence structure was tangled. What I had miraculously managed to get across despite this was “Sorry, I’m unable to decide anything right now, but I need coffee really badly so can you pick for me?”
I paid for the one Venti coffee, whatever it was. When I went to collect my drink, the barista had prepared three for me. At that moment I swear she had a halo. I drank all three of course. Each was a different kind/flavor, and they were all delicious.
I will never forget her kindness in my time of need.