Remember the line “Hey Norm!” from Cheers? Each time Norm would stroll into the bar, everyone would greet him and a beer would be waiting at his seat. Isn’t it great to go somewhere where everyone knows your name?
While living in New York, I would take the express bus from the Bronx to midtown Manhattan to work every day. No need to drive into the City. Just take a bus, practically door-to-door, and you’re easily at work.
I remember the days when I’d arrive a few minutes early and stop at the local bagel or coffee shop. (This was well before the time there was a Starbucks on every corner.) I’d go there so often that the people behind the counter remembered my bagel order and how I took my coffee. After a while, it started to make me uncomfortable. How dare they pretend to “know” me? How rude!
Of course, it’s now 40 years later. Everyone knows everything about everyone thanks to social media. And, frankly, I would welcome the opportunity for the person at the bagel shop to remember my order. Wouldn’t you?
And then I read this story the other day:
My coworker told me he got banned from a bar when he lived in North Dakota back in 1973 and didn’t try going back to it for 30 years. But he finally did and the moment he stepped in, someone yelled “Get the hell out of here Dennis.” And that’s probably my favorite story ever.
The patrons at a local bar remembered your bad behavior from 30 years ago and they still don’t like you. That’s saying something about Dennis.
How’s this story for just being friendly and welcoming?
A gazelle entered a shop in the state of Colorado. The owner decided to give him some chocolate and biscuits. He left and half an hour later he came back bringing his entire family.