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Please Advise: How do I hit on the girl at the coffee shop?

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A Nerve reader seeks council, coffee-related pickup lines.


Each week, the inbox of our venerable advice columnist, Miss Information, is flooded with queries. And although she makes a valiant effort, she cannot answer them all. To deal with the surplus, we've decided to turn to you. So, don your spectacles and help this woman out. You can give her advice in the comments below, or, if you'd like to share what you wrote with your friends, on our Facebook page

 

Dear Nerve,

I'm embarrassed to write this because it's a total cliché — but is there any acceptable way to hit on a girl in a coffee shop?

For what it's worth, I'm a girl, too, and I'm fairly certain this chick is gay. The lez angle may change things slightly, but, queer or not, I assume we've all been there. So… what do I do? Show up all the time and try to make jokes about espresso shots? Awkwardly slip her my phone number sometime? This is a cafe I go to all the time, so I don't want to go out in a blaze of glory and then need to find another cafe. I'm sure she gets this kind of thing constantly, too. She's super cute. I don't want to hear things like "just be confident!" or "be flirty!" or whatever. I want to know — has anyone ever successfully picked up a barista? And if so, how? I don't know how to jump that customer-server barrier without making it obvious or awkward.

Thanks,

—Too Many Lattés

Use your wit and wisdom to help her out in the comments below!