Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Pay it Forward

starbucks1280x1024_stains "You're all set."

"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?


Anonymous said...

How cool is that?! Have you been watching The Big Give on Sunday nights?

Anonymous said...

Around Christmas time, that idea was really popular at our store's drive-thru. There was always a grinch that broke the chain though.

I'm glad you weren't the grinch. :)