Ibby Piracha of Leesburg, VA was surprised to find out on a typical Friday visit to Starbucks that the cashier had learned sign language just to communicate with him.

The cashier gave Piracha a note reading, “I’ve been learning ASL just so you can have the same experience as everyone else.” Piracha, 23, posted the note subsequently on Facebook, and it has since gone viral.

After handing him the note, the Starbucks cashier signed “What would you like to order?” completely shocking Piracha.

“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.”

The cashier explained that she was learning sign language through YouTube videos because she sees him several times a week.

Piracha expressed his appreciation in his Facebook post.  “Oh, I gotta love this place,” he wrote. “Starbucks woman cashier, she wrote it to me and she knew I am deaf. I am surprised she learning 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.”

As a Midwestern girl, Josie enjoys living in the plains, but would love to travel the globe, already having spent several months abroad during her studies in Austria. After graduating, she spends much of her time reading, writing, walking, running, dancing, and living! Josie would love nothing more than to empower others to be able to do the same.