The Pain of Au Bon Pain
I’ve come to dread going into Au Bon Pain for my bagel each morning. Apparently, some clueless upper-level manager has instructed the managers and staff to be super-friendly and give every customer a hearty “hello!” and “good morning!” upon entering.
Every time I swing in there, I'm suddenly pelted with an onslaught of enthusiastic greetings. It's a bit much.
I’m a friendly guy, but there’s a limit. I just want my bagel.
Having been in the restaurant business, I can tell you that this directive came from higher-up. Some upper-level manager behind a desk thought it would be a good idea to set Au Bon Pain apart by having their staff double as breakfast-cheerleaders.
I love their asiago cheese bagels, but I’m about to give up on braving the good-morning-gauntlet every time I want one.
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