A creature of habit, I am, and freely admit it.
I once ate a bowl of Life cereal (sometimes two) every day for ten years before I stopped. Nowadays, I am in the habit of eating in the same drive-through restaurant at least 3-4 times a week. The clerk who takes my money (I think she must work 24/7 - she is always there) smiled at me once, I believe. The people who hand my food out the window never smile, including the owner/manager of the place. I think I might know why. I order from the "special value" menu, for two reasons. One: I am cheap, and this meal only costs $3.23. Two: it is just the right amount of food for me; if I order from the regular menu I am too full (I can't leave a crumb behind, can I?)
Do you think if I ordered from the regular menu I'd get a smile? I may try that one day soon (I'll leave off the fries.)
I ate at another branch of the same restaurant this week and the woman who gave me my food smiled bigger than I've ever seen anyone do it and gave me a resounding "Thank you!" She made me want to go back there again, even though it is much further from my house than the other place. I almost parked the car and went inside to tell her manager, but I didn't. I should have, and I may do it yet.
Do you have an easy reply for people who show you no smiles?