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Holiday Kindness: Strangers Buy Each Other Coffee at Starbucks

Someone bought a coffee for someone behind them in line. That started a trend that continued all morning.

OUTSIDE BALTIMORE, MD -- UPDATED (1:50 p.m.)— Something remarkable happened at a local Starbucks Friday morning. 

During the morning rush at the new Starbucks at the Waugh Chapel Towne Centre, someone decided to by a coffee for the person behind them in line. Then that person did the same, and the trend continued all morning, with more than 150 customers taking part. 

"I was #137," Dayna Ostler said on the Crofton Patch Facebook Page. "I bought for the 2 people behind me!"

According to employees and customers on Facebook, the chain involved people using Starbucks' drive-thru window, though the generosity did take place inside also. 

(I stopped by at about 10:50 a.m. and no one was there to buy my coffee. But I paid for the nice lady behind me.)

Did you "pay it backward" this morning at Starbucks?

Michael Keen December 22, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Tim, Lets not make this just about the holidays. In light of all the evil going on lately perhaps a kind act from a stanger would change the mind of someone about to go postal. Kindness is a gift many have been blessed with but exercise to little, myself included. It always hurt the kind heart when a caring act is unrecognised and sometime rebuffed but that should not be a deterrant if you truly care about your fellow human beings. C'mon people, whether paying it forward or backward lets show the hurt and wanting people who need some kindness this world is not really a cruel place to live in. Reach out and touch someone! It obviously works according to the Starbucks scenario.
Cathie DiPinto December 23, 2012 at 12:10 AM
It has been a tradition in our family to pay for the car behind us on the Bay Bridge while on our way to Ocean City, MD. We have a rule, we can never look to see the recipient's reaction. This would mean we reap the benefits. A person did catch up with us once, waving and screaming at us with excitement. He said: "How cool, I'm going to do this from now on too." It made for a happy memory, for all of us!
Carol B December 23, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Now that's the spirit, Cathie! You helped--performed an act of kindness--as I did--because you wanted to. It's not about reward--though my point was that from time to time, you will encounter people who don't have the decency to appreciate it. That shouldn't stop you, though. Merry Christmas!
Lynne December 25, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Merry Christmas Carol B. May The Lord bless you and your family today and the entire year!!!
Bill Dee December 26, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Merry Christmas, Lynne. I hope you are your family had a wonderful holiday.


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