Morning Coffee In Honduras
I hate that people think there are magic words to make things polite. I am 24 years old and am perfectly capable of making a polite request without including the word “please.” Despite this, I still encounter people who call me out on it as though correcting a rude two year old, never considering that the rudeness of that act outweighs my supposed breach of etiquette. Action conveys meaning better than word choice. If adding “please” to a request imbues it with politeness otherwise absent, then beginning a sentence with “now I’m not racist, but…” ought to clear any doubts about the speaker’s racism.
In short, be polite, but don’t think that your vocabulary choices disguise your character. I work in customer service, and I know from personal experience just how rude and condescending “good morning, coffee please” can sound when spoken by certain people. Your words are a reflection of who you are, so make them convey your intent.