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Appropriate reply to お疲れ様です

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What would be an appropriate reply when お疲れ様ですed while leaving the workplace by a regular customer (not a colleague)?
 
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I would say 失礼します. Or, お邪魔しました or ありがとうございました if it's in the customer's home.
 
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I would say 失礼します. Or, お邪魔しました or ありがとうございました if it's in the customer's home.
It was right in front of the restaurant i have a part-time job at. As i was leaving after my shift - the customer was queuing to get in and recognized me. As one of my colleagues later suggested something along the lines of 「あ、今晩は」would be a good choice.
 
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In that case, いらっしゃいませ also works perfectly fine.
Now that's interesting. Is the queue outside also considered to be a part of the restaurant for いらっしゃいませ purposes? Is there a risk of such いらっしゃいませ being misinterpreted as a welcome to come inside (leading to an awkward situation)?
 

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It's obvious that the customer is going to get in your restaurant, so there's no problem. いらっしゃいませ is not used only after entering there. You can say it when you encounter a customer in front of your restaurant (if he/she is going to enter there, of course).
 
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