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Old 10-10-2013, 02:57 PM
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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Great thread, Sunny!

I do this especially during the holidays... have paid for groceries a number of times when they didn't have enough money, where I could see they were already buying very sparingly! Trust me, makes their day, but doubly makes yours!

I've also picked out people in restaurants as I'm leaving... usually those eating alone... or just those I get a feeling about... and ask the waiter to add their bill to mine... always makes MY day and holidays that much merrier!

Will have to try this in drive-ups, too!
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:59 PM
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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About two years ago I was at our local WaWa and the woman in front of me paid for mine; I, in turn, paid for the person behind me. It's a great feeling.
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Old 10-10-2013, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by luzianne View Post
Yes, I have done it at Starbucks. I was the recipient, so I paid for the next car's order. I only had one latte; they must have had three or four because it was more expensive. But that's okay. The person at the window told me the line had gone on for over an hour with each car paying for the next car at the drive through window.
Wow! Well, if that doesn't restore your faith in caffeinated humanity a little...
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Old 10-10-2013, 04:41 PM
Location: Whispering pines, cutler bay FL.
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I have done this in grocery stores, especially when they have been short and had kids with them. Seeing the mom having to decide what goes back always tugs my heart strings since I remeber ALL the times as a single mom I had to do the same thing.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:14 AM
Location: Utah
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I like the idea of paying closer attention to those in need at grocery stores and those dining alone at restaurants. I'll have to copy that kindness soon! Thanks for putting those ideas in my head.

This thread, and all random acts of kindness reminds me of these two songs.

Clay Walker - "The Chain Of Love" - YouTube

Glen Campbell - Try A Little Kindness - YouTube
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:16 AM
Location: Sunny Bay Area, CA
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I love this. I have done it in other venues but not Starbucks...I just don't drink coffee But it's great and even though people should do this without reward, I have no problem with Starbuck's program...it's putting it out there more and makes some people who wouldn't normally think of that consider it.
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:46 AM
Location: Cody, WY
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I'll pay for mine; let them pay for theirs...even on Christmas.
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by MJ7 View Post
seems like they will match you and buy someone a coffee

someone bought me a latte once at starbucks, i rolled up to pay and they just said the person in front paid for me...typically you just leave a 5 spot and then leave.
I've cooked Thanksgiving Dinner for a family of 4 and just dropped it off...I had heard through my friend the family was having some money troubles so I told my friend to let the family know I would be doing that for them, and they accepted.

I have treated military personnel to lunch when I see them at a place I'm having lunch.

And...I have purchased meals for the homeless when asked. Food is a blessing everyone deserves to have. It may not be fancy, but it should at least be nourishing.
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:00 PM
Location: I'm out searching for me... If you see me, let me know... ;--)
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What a great thread!

Once I worked for a grocery store and our boss/ owner gave every worker $50 gift card to the store for Christmas. It was the best gift he could have given! Best of all, I remember thanking him personally, telling him how much it meant to me to be able to shop and not worry about the cost.
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:05 PM
Location: Alaska
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I have bought food and given it to people on the streets that are begging for cash. I never give cash - if you are hungry and haven't eaten, I will gladly share what I have. The gift of kindness and compassion is one that I share all year-long!
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