SINGAPORE - Flash a smile, say please and thank you, and you will get a discount on your cuppa.
This is how the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) is rewarding those who mind their p's and q's.
As part of the SKM's Kindness Day celebrations, a Kindness Cafe was set up at One Raffles Place yesterday to promote courteous behaviour.
Those who visited the mobile cafe were entitled to discounts if they said "please" or "thank you" to servers when ordering coffee. The more courteous the order, the more discounted the price of the coffee.
Customers who said "please", for example, got a dollar off their $5 coffees. Those who went a step further to say "Good afternoon. One coffee, please. Thank you", got a $3 discount.
The first 100 customers who demonstrated "extra graciousness" were each given a complimentary loaf of bread contributed by Gardenia, SKM's partner.
Recruiter Eileen Han, 25, who visited the cafe yesterday afternoon, questioned the need to teach people how to be sincere and courteous.
"Please and thank you should be something that people say voluntarily instead of forcing them to do it," said Ms Han.
William Wan, general secretary of SKM, told My Paper that the initiative was to remind Singaporeans to be more courteous to service staff, rather than to "buy kindness".