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    Weve got the place for offloading when theyre rude or just plain silly, but do we have a place for the good stuff? Ive been feeling a bit down of late, for a variety of reasons, but the following has made me pretty happy and I hope there will be more added to it:

    1. A customer had been causing a lot of trouble for my off-sider. Had been going on for weeks, complaining to the boss and basically being very mean to her every time she came in. The brunt of it seemed to be she just doesnt like young E.
    So she came up to me and complained E had charged her the wrong amount and presented her docket (given out with her order) and her own calculations on the back of a teabag packet.
    Since she had the docket I could pull up an itemised receipt from the till and politely informed her that shed ben charged the correct amount.

    After she left I said to Erin, as I continued to serve, dont feel bad - you charged her the right amount, treated her with the same respect as every other customer and it just so happens sometimes a person will not like you so "Just remember you are here to provide good customer service, not to take abuse"

    and the little old lady at the counter cries out "Thats right!" like shes at a union rally or something, and all the customers behind her join in. The support seemed to put some wind back in Es sails and I was pretty inspired myself.

    2. One night I was on fire, just right in my element on the Wega. Two separate customers, at opposite ends of the shift, commented on how I moved with the machine and was doing many things at once. One guy said I was "a machine" the other said it was "just amazing to watch" *:o I was speechless, but managed a little bow of thanks.

    So share your good stuff! Its nice to be reminded that what you do is important - because it makes someone happy (the most important thing of all? I think) and its been noticed that you do it well, or you have the support of some lovely strangers. And thats pretty *8-) cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2E262F2A202A2C3630430 link=1264980464/0#0 date=1264980464
    Weve got the place for offloading when theyre rude or just plain silly, but do we have a place for the good stuff? Ive been feeling a bit down of late, for a variety of reasons, but the following has made me pretty happy and I hope there will be more added to it:

    1. A customer had been causing a lot of trouble for my off-sider. Had been going on for weeks, complaining to the boss and basically being very mean to her every time she came in. The brunt of it seemed to be she just doesnt like young E.
    So she came up to me and complained E had charged her the wrong amount and presented her docket (given out with her order) and her own calculations on the back of a teabag packet.
    Since she had the docket I could pull up an itemised receipt from the till and politely informed her that shed ben charged the correct amount.

    After she left I said to Erin, as I continued to serve, dont feel bad - you charged her the right amount, treated her with the same respect as every other customer and it just so happens sometimes a person will not like you so "Just remember you are here to provide good customer service, not to take abuse"

    and the little old lady at the counter cries out "Thats right!" like shes at a union rally or something, and all the customers behind her join in. The support seemed to put some wind back in Es sails and I was pretty inspired myself.

    2. One night I was on fire, just right in my element on the Wega. Two separate customers, at opposite ends of the shift, commented on how I moved with the machine and was doing many things at once. One guy said I was "a machine" the other said it was "just amazing to watch" *:o I was speechless, but managed a little bow of thanks.

    So share your good stuff! Its nice to be reminded that what you do is important - because it makes someone happy (the most important thing of all? I think) and its been noticed that you do it well, or you have the support of some lovely strangers. And thats pretty *8-) cool
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4E464F4A404A4C5650230 link=1264980464/0#0 date=1264980464
    So share your good stuff! Its nice to be reminded that what you do is important - because it makes someone happy (the most important thing of all? I think) and its been noticed that you do it well, or you have the support of some lovely strangers. And thats pretty * cool
    Agree. I now look at it like this. I work on a statistic that about say 1 in 20 (could be more or less )customers are rude,arrogant etc. So when confronted with that customer i say to myself " Ok this is the 1 in 20 customer here, they will soon be on there way, let them have their rant, there the one with the problem, and i can get on with serving the majority of good customers. Anyway it helps me get through. 3 deep breaths help to. :)

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    I love my customers, because to a fair extent I get too choose them I really dont have any to complain about!! Lucky me. ;D

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    Great thread idea, Mel...and yes, youre right, we should have had this one sooner! It would be great to see it go the way of the other thread too, that is big and perhaps bigger!

    I agree that the bad customer is one in probably a million for us out in the bush and that we really see great customers more often than not.

    Generally speaking, our customers love our service and come in for that. I often get told that people love coming into our bakery and its not just because of the food.

    Probably my most recent happy customer story is about a regular who actually has quite a fussy drink and the rest of the staff (bar the boss lady) try to palm her off onto me because they hate getting it wrong. This particular day that she was in, she was also after a coffee for her husband and I just happen to know how he likes his drink too.

    Typically for a small town, if you come into our bakery regularly chances are youll know either everyone else there or at least half the current customers in the shop. So, sooner or later youll end up caught up in conversation with friends, family and getting served by us. So it was for my customer on this day.

    As I handed her her coffee and her husbands, she raced to the sugar to grab one for her DH as she knew what he had as well. But Id already beaten her to the punch, putting the sugar in before Id even started the shot. So I quickly stopped her and told her that his coffee had his one suger in it. Her response was with a big smile and the comment...

    "Oh! See I knew you were good!"

    And she collected her things and happily walked out the shop.

    All I could think was..."Ah...another happy camper." *;)


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    Thanks scoots, I know most customers are quite pleasant but sometimes you can just feel good for having done them right... love making the "difficult" ones smile.

    My fave compliment this week, from a regular "difficult" customer who was at the counter at 9.01am: "You are ready? You not find the early morning difficult?"
    Me: "Nope, Im all on it, was ready at 8.20, totally killing it!"
    Mrs Fuss: "Oooh not like the other girl, she always angry or crying. Even better than BossLady!"

    Me: "Dont tell her that!!" ;D


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    There is at least one moment in every day when something is said or something happens that makes my day. Recently, they have come in a flurry.

    a) A customer hobbled in on crutches, ordering a cappuccino with 1 1/4 sugars. I said I could do that, and called him back to the counter, asking him to add the sugar to the cup himself. When I offered to take it out to the car for him, one of my regulars intervened and took it out for him.

    b) I gave Julian a guided tour, explaining how coffee is grown, seeing the raw beans and lifting him up so that he could see inside the roaster, then giving him a cloth badge from a bag of Sulawesi Toraja to commemorate his induction into coffee roasting. Julian is 3 1/2yo.

    c) Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Ute Lemper, and Frenzal Rhomb are playing in the background. A customer who hears some of the music goes back out to her car and brings me a CD to play.

    d) A few weeks ago a customer whose name I shall call, "a long black with a dash of cold milk in a large cup" (LBDCM), was telling me about some personal issues she had. LBDCM cried and I hugged her. Her story haunted me throughout the day and I wrote her a letter. Later she told me it made her feel better and gave me a pot plant in appreciation for what I had done. Today, she invited me out for dinner, which was very flattering considering she is beautiful and I am at least 15 years older than her. I told her I was already taken and friends is good. She came around the counter, gave me a hug and said, thankyou.

    e) A cafe at Cronulla that do about 350kg a week have opened for a few evenings a week doing pour over, syphon, and whatever takes their fancy - just for the fun of it. Last week they chose to use one of the coffees I roast.

    f) I just took delivery of 500kg of raw beans. I always get excited when they arrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7B5A5151564C3F0 link=1264980464/6#6 date=1265935441
    There is at least one moment in every day when something is said or something happens that makes my day. *Recently, they have come in a flurry.

    a) A customer hobbled in on crutches, ordering a cappuccino with 1 1/4 sugars. *I said I could do that, and called him back to the counter, asking him to add the sugar to the cup himself. *When I offered to take it out to the car for him, one of my regulars intervened and took it out for him.

    b) I gave Julian a guided tour, explaining how coffee is grown, seeing the raw beans and lifting him up so that he could see inside the roaster, then giving him a cloth badge from a bag of Sulawesi Toraja to commemorate his induction into coffee roasting. *Julian is 3 1/2yo.

    c) Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Ute Lemper, and Frenzal Rhomb are playing in the background. *A customer who hears some of the music goes back out to her car and brings me a CD to play.

    d) A few weeks ago a customer whose name I shall call, "a long black with a dash of cold milk in a large cup" (LBDCM), was telling me about some personal issues she had. *LBDCM cried and I hugged her. *Her story haunted me throughout the day and I wrote her a letter. *Later she told me it made her feel better and gave me a pot plant in appreciation for what I had done. *Today, she invited me out for dinner, which was very flattering considering she is beautiful and I am at least 15 years older than her. *I told her I was already taken and friends is good. *She came around the counter, gave me a hug and said, thankyou.

    e) A cafe at Cronulla that do about 350kg a week have opened for a few evenings a week doing pour over, syphon, and whatever takes their fancy - just for the fun of it. *Last week they chose to use one of the coffees I roast.

    f) I just took delivery of 500kg of raw beans. *I always get excited when they arrive.

    :)
    Beautiful stories Den. Thanks for sharing them with us! *:)

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    brilliant den :) I start work in about an hour and thats given me a nice little boost before heading into the pits!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 04252E2E2933400 link=1264980464/6#6 date=1265935441
    e) A cafe at Cronulla that do about 350kg a week have opened for a few evenings a week doing pour over, syphon, and whatever takes their fancy - just for the fun of it.Last week they chose to use one of the coffees I roast.
    Excellent.

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    Ha...funny thing happened...

    I was on my way into Off Topic to look for this thread, couldnt find it at first...had a "womans look" and found it up at the top of the board... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    And the reason I was wanting to be in this thread today...well heres my good customer being put into the Repository where they belong...AGAIN!

    Yesterday, my good customer was in and she noticed that I wasnt as smiley as I usually am and said so. To which I told her that I wasnt feeling 100% and that I was just in "operating mode" (as opposed to "happy Scoota mode" ;D)

    Anyway, today, I see her coming through the door, big grin on her face, huge bunch of flowers in her hand.

    "These are for you!" She happily exclaims. "I told my husband he had to wait a few more minutes before we left to drive to Sydney so as I could pick you these out of my garden!"

    Beautiful red, yellow and orange roses, with a smattering of other smaller purple flowers...

    People commented ALL day on those flowers and asked who they were from and who they were for.

    I got HEAPS of mileage out of "One of my customers gave me those for making them coffee...gratuities of any kind are accepted here!" *;D

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    a shout out to one of my customers, who upon hearing that my supposedly guaranteed cageside tickets to UFC110 in Sydney had fallen through invited me and a friend to his corporate box without hesitation. All I ever do is answer his questions, show him new toys and then take his money.

    As painful as some of my customers are, this guy is a real gem.

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    Who cares how many kg you do, when Im getting an average of 10 kisses a week from customers.

    Lifes grand! :)

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    haha nice one dennis! Im back at work this arvo (after being sick all week) and youve reminded me of someone I might see tonight... I get a lot of hugs n kisses from my elderly dears, but the one that blew me away was a chick about my age who randomly gave me a cuddle when I was out of the box. *virtual peck* for the reminder.

    And this one isnt about a customer being kind to me, but it is heart-warming.
    We have a guy with Down Syndrome who comes in regularly. Last week he decided he didnt want to be called by his name anymore - he wanted to be called Croc, after one of our barstaff who shares the same name as the late crocodile hunter. So Little Blondie from the bar took him on a tour of the whole club, introducing everyone to her new friend "Croc". He was pleased as punch cause hed gotten everyone to call him Croc.

    Sometimes we are lucky enough that all work can stop to indulge someone like that. I dont know much about Down Syndrome, but I do know hes pretty old for someone with it, and I think its great that we can take the time for him.

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    Ha ha, now youve made my day Mel.

    It has been my privilege to work in the disability (now Human Services) sector and have nothing but fond memories. *Say, "Good Morning, how are you today?" and you got either a huge smile, hug, vigorous handshake, or all three! *Even the odd time when someone would like to demonstrate their disapproval of the day by spitting in your face was at least, honest.

    PS: I dont count the kisses from the elderly. *:P *;D

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    Random dude asks for a double shot flat white in a mug. I explain our standard mugs are made using a double shot already, so "Do you want me to make it a triple?"

    And the look of excitement on his face! Like eyes a-blaze, the most marvellous thing hes ever heard of. Massive enthusiasm for a proper, strong coffee. After an arvo of "weak please"s, this look made my night.

    If he comes back Ill introduce him to the secret staff order - the quaddie!

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    A huge day in old Wee Waa town...

    Thanks to the dear customer who sent flowers home with my son...a belated birthday greeting...

    Thanks to the other dear customers who just cleared tables without fuss or bother today...

    Thanks to the grandparents visiting with their cute grandson (who comes in and yells out "nonuts!" everytime he comes in...hes about 2 years old! ;D) *who happily sat at the dirty table and never once bothered us about wiping it down...even when I did get over there to do so, were still happy to be at the table regardless....

    Thanks to the Belaroma rep turning up in time to offer a quick hug in an otherwise stressful and busy day! And to the customer who tried to boost my ego by calling out "Hey there you sexy thing!" (but no, it didnt work because I seriously did not know who they were talking to... ;D)

    Thanks to all those customers who were happy to wait for the following...service, coffee, sausage rolls, sandwiches, cakes, chicken pies, coffee, tea, bread, toasted foccacias, tables being cleared, serviettes and service! *;)

    And thanks to the customer who left $4.50 on the table the day before and on returning today for more food and drink, I went to tell them that I had the money if theyd like it back said..."Not at all...keep it."

    A sad ending for today however, when a customer came in, one I had thought had gone home from visiting her elderly mother, who was a bit of a much loved and hated customer of ours...loved because she was just a crack up, hated because she could be so bloody minded but you probably know the type I mean...I will admit to laughing once about her arguing with her other girlfriends over lunch one day about the Sunday program being broadcast on Monday... ;D...anyway, the daughter had returned because her mum has had a stroke and is not looking good. Weve not seen this lady since shed broken a hip six months ago...well, it seems we might not again now...

    All in all...a rather huge and sometimes entertaining day with a touch of reality thrown in...bring on tomorrow I say! *:D



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    nonuts! is my new catchphrase.

    Had a lady request a long black on Sunday night. I gave her the best weve got and she isnt happy. Dissipating crema, you know. *It isnt good enough and I know it, but cant change the grind to make it better and working with mass produced less-than-fresh bean supply. She was kind enough to hear me out about the situation with the grind (leaving out the delicate issue of our supplier) and said shed fill out a feedback form to support my push to make better coffee.

    Get enough people like that speaking up and we can change the cafe for the better. Imagine a whole nation of coffee drinkers supporting better coffee making practices!

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    Its so nice to come back to work, when customers say:

    I missed you so much (accompanied with hugs and kisses);

    When I saw the "open" sign on, my heart began to race;

    I delayed my flight to Brisbane so that I could come in;

    We ran out of coffee on the 5th January, and have only had tea;

    I weakened and bought some coffee from the supermarket, though I couldnt bring myself to open the pack;

    I cut this rose from the garden just for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5B4D4848595B575E5E5D5D380 link=1264980464/18#18 date=1295303278
    I cut this rose from the garden just for you.
    Yes, but whose garden? ;)

    Welcome back Den!

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    Ill have to find a garden with roses than come for a visit.

    Welcome back.

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    Yes, welcome back! I drove past and was sad to see you werent there...maybe the next weekend! :-*

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    Ive had a nice customer who took my partner and I out for dinner as thanks for the 6 years of service i had given to her and her family.

    Also a lady who bakes me a carrot cake....damn good too.

    Another one gives us apples from his orchard.

    I love most of the customers and if you go out of your way to make people feel important and dont be afraid to have a chat to anyone and everyone,or give that free glass of water or let somebody off ten cents or whatever it might be........everyone is a potential customer and some of them very loyal for many years. This is what customer service is all about :)

    Take an interest in people and you will have them for life......dont just stand behind your coffee machine with a get out of my face look on......I see this all to often, being a good barista is not all about your coffee talents 8-)

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    I was given 2 free tickets to the movies for my partner and I today from a regular customer.......what a top bloke!

    I made sure he had some nice art on his 2 cappuccinos.....he and his wife are very nice people, and I am very happy to serve them. :)

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    One of my regulars saw me buying Christmas presents during the mad rush and casually added "A bottle of Johnny Blue thanks!" as a joke. You could have knocked him over with a feather when he received a special bottle bag on Christmas Eve with a bottle of Johnny "Blue" label (Blue paper cut to the size of the Johnny Red label sticker and taped over the top) amidst his wifes cries of laughter I believed he called me everything ranging from "Rotten Sod" right through to "Incorrigible Rogue" while going red in the face from trying not to laugh himself.

    Happily he turned the tables quite well, buying my girlfriend and I a set of kitchen knives for our new house, the gift label indicating it was for "You Bastard".

    I enjoy nothing more at work than having guests who not only enjoy the jokes but join in and swing their own back at us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2822212A2D373A2F262D430 link=1264980464/24#24 date=1326692984
    (Blue paper cut to the size of the Johnny Red label sticker and taped over the top)
    **cack**

    Nice work

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    Quote Originally Posted by 63696A61667C71646D66080 link=1264980464/24#24 date=1326692984
    I enjoy nothing more at work than having guests who not only enjoy the jokes but join in and swing their own back at us.
    Those customers do seem to make the job worth while and always make you glad to see them. Like one who came in today and said "Hi, havent seen you for a whole week....end." ;D



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