Drawing of a coffee cup with curly steam and hearts coming out of it

Some people say that Americans say “thanks” or “thank you” too much. It’s true that we say it a lot. (If you don’t, you may sound rude.)

Today I went to a cafe for breakfast. I said “thanks” so many times that I started to think “This is weird!”

Cafe worker: “Here’s your membership card back.”

Me: “Thanks.”

Cafe worker: “Here’s your change.”

Me: “Thanks.”

Cafe worker: “Here’s a coffee cup for you.”

Me: “Thanks.”

Cafe worker: “Your sandwich will be right up.”

Me: “…Thanks.”


This is too much, right? But I couldn’t think of anything else to say. (Well, culture is culture.)

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