Barista Learns Sign Language To Make Deaf Customer Feel Welcome

Barista Learns Sign Language To Make Deaf Customer Feel Welcome

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It wasn’t just the coffee that perked up this customer’s morning – it was the kindness shown to him by an employee who had only met him once before.

Ibby Piracha is one of the many regulars at the Starbucks in Leesburg, Virginia – he is also deaf.

Krystal Payne, a newly hired employee at the coffee shop, took his order just once before deciding that he deserved to feel more welcome at their store.

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The barista went home and spent more than three hours learning American Sign Language so she could better communicate with Ibby.

The next day, she gave him a note reading: “I’ve been learning ASL, just so you can have the same experience as everyone else.”

The note is now framed in Ibby’s home.

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