|People with cups get coffee faster!|
Cornelia and I volunteered to give away coffee at Cafe de la Fin du Monde in the French Quarter. Many people brought their cups (see photo), but others arrived as if they were walking in Starbucks -- not just asking for soy milk (hippie!) and decafinated coffee (horrors!) but also for cups. For that we had a simple answer:
Yes, we can pour your coffee into this communal cup. Please bring it back when you are done.After hearing this and looking at the dusty and unwashed cups on the serving counter (water is too precious to waste on washing!), many people "suddenly" found that they did indeed have a cup. Others just drank from the communal cup.
Bottom Line: Incentives matter.