It is common for Notaries to meet signers at cafes. But, what is the etiquette for who pays for the coffee? Or does only one party purchase a drink so the cafe can allow them to stay there? Does the drink go on a chair or the same table with the critical documents?
This question sounds more like a Seinfeld dilemma than anything else. Since the signer is paying the notary for the notarization, it’s the least the notary can do to buy a piece of bundt cake for the client. On the other hand, if the Notary has to bill to get paid, and is billing a third party, then neither party should have to pay for the coffee. But, what if the signer wants a palpation but forgot his walled. But, then how will he have his ID for the notarization? Wow, this is really complicated stuff!
NOTARY: You should pay for the almond croissant because I’m the Notary. It’s like a courtesy for my hard work.
SIGNER: Yes, but I am the client, and it is customary to take your clients out to eat and pay.
NOTARY: You’re paying cash right?
SIGNER: Yes. Small unmarked bills to be precise.
NOTARY: Are you going to wash your hands for 20 seconds before you handle those bills? I don’t want the Coronavirus.
WOMAN: I think the man should pay.
NOTARY: Obviously not a feminist.
WOMAN: I am when it doesn’t involved someone paying for me. You see, I’m what you call an opportunistic feminist. Equal rights, but not so equal on the responsibilities.
SIGNER: Honesty is so sexy. I like you!
WOMAN: Thanks, I’m single
NOTARY: I think I see why.
WOMAN: Yeah, but at least I’m not paying alimony and child support and having my kids taken away from me by legal force. It could be worse. You know what. You guys are so much fun, I’ll pay for your frappachino.
CLERK: Sorry, we are all out of coffee.
NOTARY: But, this is a cafe. Your whole business revolves around coffee.
CLERK: Sorry. But, we have those dark chocolate covered graham crackers. They’re really good.
SIGNER: I’ll just get a soda. I don’t drink coffee after 2pm anyway.
WOMAN: Nice to meet you guys.
NOTARY: Here’s my card. I do notarizations, weddings and bar-mitzvahs.