Last year after seeing a few friends post on social media that the person in front of them at the Starbucks drive-through paid for their coffee, I decided I wanted do something similar.
The woman who serves me coffee every day at her coffee cart would be my accomplice.
My last day before Christmas vacation, I decided to pay it forward to my fellow commuters in the coffee line. I handed my coffee cart lady a $20 and said, “Please use this to buy coffee and whatnot for everyone in line behind me, until it runs out.”
My cart lady speaks 3 languages very fluently, but she was a bit confused. “What do you mean?” she said.
I whispered, “I want to do something nice for these strangers, so use this to pay for the people behind me.”
She replied, “You want to buy breakfast for strangers?”
I said, “Yes.”
Now we were officially holding up the line.
The cart lady replied, “Are you sure? This is crazy.”
I said, “Yes please.”
She said, “I don’t understand”.
I responded, “Please just go ahead and use the money.” Then I grabbed a $10 and gave it to her and said, “And please keep this for yourself. See you tomorrow!”
I walked away confused as to why she was fighting me, but happy to have hopefully brought some holiday cheer.
Some say, “no good deed goes unpunished”, and my pay it forward stunt that day quickly turned into a Seinfeld episode.