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Don't Disregard An Empty Milk Pitcher At A Coffee Shop
If you ever find the milk pitcher empty at a coffee shop — whether you found it that way or finished it off yourself — it’s good etiquette to let your barista know.
Telling your barista about an empty milk pitcher actually makes their job easier. By hand-delivering it to them, they can quickly complete a task they would have had to do anyway.
Plus, food service workers rely on tips and regulars, and if the milk pitcher stays empty for a prolonged period then picky customers might be less inclined to come back.
There’s no need to wait in line again. Simply approach the register with the empty pitcher and nicely inform the barista behind the counter that it needs a refill.