A lot of deaf people face a number of problems when out in public, such as difficulties in communicating what they need to buy from a store or restaurant. For this reason, Rebecca King was ecstatic upon experiencing something she has never encountered before: the barista at a Starbucks in St. Augustine, Florida switched on the video screen and communicated with her using sign language!
Rebecca was so thrilled with her discovery that she returned a day later to show share her experience with another deaf friend. They videotaped the interaction with the barista and posted it on Facebook. Comments began flooding in and the video was soon viral, gaining close to 8.7 million views within just 2 days! Incredible, isn’t it?
The store was located near the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. The barista, later identified as 22-year-old barista Katie Wyble revealed that she learned sign language in high school. She admitted to feeling thrilled that Rebecca’s video went viral, saying, “I’m glad that there’s more awareness for deaf culture and the deaf community. To see this come to light and actually be a part of it, I feel so blessed.”
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