Pay it forward chain at Starbucks in Florida

Random acts of kindness


378 customers were reported to have been involved in pay-it-forward chain at a local Starbucks in St. Petersburg, Florida.

A woman ordered an iced coffee early in the morning in a drive-thru window, and asked to pay for the drink of the person in the car behind her. The man returned the favour according to sources[1] and the kindness kept going for eleven hours, until a female customer refused to pay for the drink of the stranger behind her.

The participants of this pay-it-forward sequence remain unsung and so does the name of the woman who put an end to it all.

STARBUCKS drive thru

The barista who served the last customer politely has said she does not believe the dissident woman understood the pay-it-forward concept.

It is news like these that makes us feel there may be hope for humankind after all. However, I’d like to write some of the questions you might be asking yourself when you read this post:

* The woman who started the whole thing might have just been trying to flirt with the dude behind her, right? So why do we need to make a big deal out of it?


* How on earth can you possibly know what the person behind you is craving when you’re in line at the local Starbucks? What if he/she is there not in need of a quick-fix but only to buy an overpriced mug?


* What if the last lady refused to participate because she saw the car behind her was a Ford Windstar® filled with thirsty teenagers after soccer practice? We can’t blame her, can we?

I bet you’re probably wondering things like these. Anyhow, have a good one!

By the way, it seems the phenomenon is repeating itself in other states:



August 21st, 2014.



[1] Fox, MSN and USA Today.


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