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In Vyno Veritas « Ted's Polish-Mexican Page

In Vyno Veritas

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Published on: March 1, 2016

There is a Walgreens near where I work and I stop in often to get a bottle of juice or snacks for the office. There is an older guy there, who I assumed was from Eastern Europe, whose name tag reads “Vyno.”

Walgreens uses the tag line “Be Well.” You’ll sometimes hear employees saying that to you on the way out, and it can come off as one of those silly things said because the employees are instructed to. There is a way Vyno says it that sounds so sincere. Be well? Why thank you, I feel better already.

I was checking out yesterday and I decided to ask him, “Where are you from?”

“Armenia, but I grew up in France,” he said. “I worked in the Persian Gulf for years. I speak six languages.”

“Is Vyno an Armenian name?”

“No…I will tell you the story,” he said. He wanted to make sure that change was counted right and business was taken care of before chatting more.

He pointed to his name tag.

“‘V’ is the first letter of my first name. ‘Y’ is the first letter of my last name. ‘No’ is to remind me never to say no to customers,” he said.

I never did ask him what his real name is.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

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