The Perks of Positivity / by Courtney Mehlhaff

I went to the drive-thru window at a coffee shop a few days ago.

Guy on intercom: "Hi, can I start you off with [whatever they're currently promoting]?"

Me: "No, thank you."

Him: "Awesome. What can I get you?"

Me: "Just a medium mocha, please."

Him: "Awesome. Would you like any of our breakfast sandwiches?"

Me: "No, thank you."

Him: "Awesome. Do you have a rewards number?"

Me: "Nope."

Him: "Awesome. Please pull forward."

Like the song says, everything truly was awesome for this guy. I told him no three times, and he seemed thrilled. So I couldn't help wondering if that was his standard response in life, regardless of the news.

"You're being evicted."


"Your girlfriend ran off with your brother."


"Aliens just invaded and they're only enslaving baristas."


I think I'll try to adjust my attitude in kind this week. It seems to be working out awesome for him.