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Coffee Shop Employee Uses Funny Sign To Inspire Good Manners

Wouldn't it be great if being rude had actual consequences like this?

Kids are constantly being told by parents, teachers and sometimes even strangers “use good manners” or “don’t forget to say please and thank you.” But what about adults? Who holds them accountable?

Austin Simms, a coffee shop employee in Roanoke, Virginia, has taken it upon himself to help his customers mind their manners. He wrote a price list on a sandwich board outside the CUPS coffee shop. The better your manners, the better the price.

The board reads:

“One small coffee”


“One small coffee, please”


“Hello, I’d like one small coffee please.”


“I decided because I need to solve all the injustices of the world to start charging more for people who didn’t take the time to say hello and connect and realize we’re all people behind the counter,” said Simms, according to Little Things,

While Simms would likely get some pushback if he tried to actually charge a higher price, the truth is we could all use a little reminder to be kinder. So, thank you, Austin, for making the world a better place one cup of joe at a time.