When Rebecca King posted a video on Facebook of her speaking sign language with a barista this past Tuesday, she likely didn't think it would amass over 9 million views by now. But this exchange captured in a Starbucks drive-thru is totally worthy of every hit.
In the clip King, a 28-year-old deaf woman, signed her order to 22-year-old college student and barista Katie Wyble, First Coast News originally reported. When King first discovered she could communicate with Wyble via sign language and drive-thru, she returned the following day to make a video to share with her friend, who is also deaf. The rest is very, very viral history.
"It is a big deal to the deaf community that Starbucks has one now. Nowhere else has that," King told FCN. "We all want to have that at every drive-thru in the world."
According to the World Health Organization, 360 million people have disabling hearing loss worldwide. This means -- whether you realize it or not -- you might know and care about someone personally affected by this. And yet when you aren't impacted by hearing loss directly, it can be so easy to take even the smallest conveniences for granted — until you watch this video, that is.
Awesome moments like this are as good for the deaf community as they are for humanity. Bring on 9 million more views!