Brilliant Idea #261 is to make it socially unacceptable to use the phrase “can I get….” to request something in a cafe, restaurant or shop.
It’s “can I have” (other more polite versions are also acceptable) not “can I get”.
The only acceptable answer to this question should be, “no, I am paid to get it for you”. All employees should be trained to say exactly that until the shopper says, “in that case, can I have”.
Or go and live in America where they have different norms for the use of the English language.
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