While at the Apple store, a lady stood on the table and asked for everyone’s attention. As the voices quieted and then diminished to total silence, I glanced around at the fellow customers and employees, thinking how strange the silence was in this place that teemed with noise and energy. The lady held a cupcake in her hand, which I noticed had a candle on it.
“Ladies and Gentleman,” the employee intoned. “Today is our manager’s birthday. So please join me in wishing her happy birthday!”
Everyone burst out in a rousing rendition of the Happy Birthday song. I scrabbled in bag for my iPhone. It was pretty much over by the time I squeezed off a picture – but I got this of everyone applauding.
Even when it was happening I wasn’t sure if it was really cool or if it was a totally pretentious douchebag move. After the benefit of a few days of thinking about this, I think it was a very sweet impulse to wish her a happy birthday, if only because I am inclined to be generous in my judgements these days.