No matter how much time passes, a heartwarming story still tugs at your heartstrings. As we went through our archives of our favorite good deeds, this story of a Starbucks barista's sweet note still brought a smile. One Friday in Leesburg, Virginia, Ibby Piracha expected nothing out of the ordinary for his regular Starbucks order. Visiting the store regularly about three times a week, Piracha was quite used to texting his order to the barista at the counter.
However, she had a surprise in store for one of her favorite regular customers, and it came in the form of a handwritten note. As Piracha told WJLA in Washington, D.C., "After I read the note, I looked at her and then she signed to me, 'What would you like to order?' I was totally shocked."
He then continued the story,
"I was just so moved that, oh my gosh, she actually wanted to learn sign. She actually wanted to learn a different language...sign language is really a totally different language and it was something that she wanted to do because of me? Because I was a deaf customer? I was very, very impressed."
According to WJLA, the barista took to YouTube to learn ASL after realizing that Piracha was a regular customer and they were interacting several times each week. It comes down to community support: we have to lift each other up.
When you hear a story like this, of a stranger learning a new skill to make someone feel right at home, it reminds you that the world isn't so big after all. The people we interact with regularly are the ones who leave a mark on our lives. For Ibby Piracha, this kind act ended up going viral. The story still circulates today as an incredible reminder to walk a mile in another person's shoes. Or pick up a new language to make someone feel at home.