"What?" I'm sitting at the drive-up window at Starbucks."
"Yeah," says the cashier, "the car that was in front of you paid for you."
"What?" I ask. "Why?"
"Because the car in front of him paid for him. This has been going on all day."
I looked in my rear view and there are no cars behind me. "Am I last in the chain?"
"I guess so. Lucky you."
Then a car pulls up. I don't want to be last in the chain. I want to participate. But what if the car behind me is getting coffee for the whole office? What if everybody gets a cookie? Or they buy a pound of coffee? Should I make a break for it with my free coffee? Should I break the chain?
"What did they get?" I ask.
"Two talls" (which means 'small' in Starbucks speak), she says.
I had too "grandes" (mediums) so no matter what, I make out. "I'll pay for theirs."
Now I'm a hero. What did you do nice today?