Kaitie and I have noticed – repeatedly – a strange phenomenon. At night and on weekends, the employees at our various AAFES establishments are friendly. They smile at you when you approach the counter, ask you how you’re doing or at least answer when you ask them, and thank you for your purchases. This seems to be even more true at the 24-hour Shoppette. They’re like cheerful vampires who come out at night and feed on the smiles of happy customers. What’s even weirder? It happens in the food court, too.
Ok, in all fairness, I should admit that over the years I’ve come to know many very pleasant AAFES employees. The entire group at Laughlin was as nice as could be, and a lot of the ones here are, too. I can think of a few bases I’ve been to (I really should say “posts”) where that’s not the case, however. It’s just that I can’t think of a single time when I’ve interacted with an AAFES employee outside peak hours and had them be anything less than courteous.
Of course, I’ve yet to meet RobertM in person…