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      Starbucks cashier learned sign language to communicate with deaf customer

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      Starbucks cashier learned sign language to communicate with deaf customer (Ibby Piracha, used with permission)

      LEESBURG, Va. (ABC7) -- In an absolutely heartwarming showcase of caring for others, a Starbucks cashier in Leesburg learned sign language so she could provide the "same experience as everyone else" to a deaf customer.

      The customer, Ibby Piracha, 23, of Leesburg shared the story of kindness on his Facebook page on Friday and the tale has gone viral.

      Piracha posted a photo of the note the cashier gave him that read, "I've been learning ASL just so you can have the same experience as everyone else."

      "Oh, I gotta love this place," Piracha wrote in his Facebook post. "Starbucks woman cashier, she wrote it to me and she knew I am deaf. I am surprised she learning sign language because I attend to Starbucks 3 times in a week. She asked me 'what you want drink?' in sign language. I am so blessed with her. I think she realized Leesburg, VA have deaf people. Please share this post to everyone. I want hearing people would understand about hearing community supporting for the deaf community."

      "After I read the note, I looked at her and then she signed to me, 'What would you like to order?' I was totally shocked," Piracha said in a phone interview Monday through an video relay service interpreter.

      "I was just so moved that, oh my gosh, she actually wanted to learn sign," Piracha said. "She actually wanted to learn a different language...sign language is really a totally different language and it was something that she wanted to do because of me? Because I was a deaf customer? I was very, very impressed."

      Piracha explained the cashier, who he sees several times a week, said she was learning to sign with YouTube videos.

      "I said Youtube? I was quite impressed," Piracha said. "I was very inspired that she was very motivated to learn sign on her own."

      "She became more motivated to learn sign because I was customer there and that has really, really touched me."


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