Saturday, 23 August 2014 | MYT 8:00 AM

Coffee generosity: Hundreds ‘pay it forward’ at Starbucks

At a Starbucks outlet in Florida, hundreds of customers spontaneously join a chain of generosity, with each paying for the next person’s drink.

The rally of java-infused generosity began on the morning of Aug 20, when one patron offered to buy an iced triple grande latte for the next customer in the drive-through line. Then the next wanted to pay it forward. And the next.

The apparently spontaneous chain of kindness continued for about 11 hours, according to a store manager, totalling 457 transactions by the time it ended around 6pm, with nearly everyone paying for someone’s drinks, just not their own.

Smile and pay it forward!

“It was just somebody wanting to do a nice thing,” says Celeste Guzman, a shift supervisor at the Starbucks, located near a busy shopping mall in St Petersburg, Florida. She wasn’t sure how the chain ended, but says baristas understood that some people didn’t want to or couldn’t afford to participate.

The next morning, inspired by local media reports, customers were rallying again at the same Starbucks outlet. Someone bought a US$40 (RM126) gift card to share with the drive-through line.

By mid-morning, the chain had reached 100 customers, nearly as many as participated in a similar effort at the store several months ago, when 141 customers paid it forward. “We’ve had a wealth of people trying to come in and be generous,” says Guzman.

Will you be paying it forward today? – Reuters

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