28 April 2008

Drive-thru Good Deed

So, a few months ago, I pulled up to the Starbucks Drive-thru window and they told me the person in front of me had paid for my order! My eyebrows raised and I said “Oh….by accident?”. I was so confuPicture of Starbucks Coffee - Free Pictures - FreeFoto.comsed. No, apparently, this happens, and you are encouraged to do the same someday. I couldn’t believe it.

Finally, the other day, my chance had come to return the favor to some unexpected coffee lover. I noticed a woman behind me, by herself, driving a minivan. I thought, well…given that she is driving a minivan, the chances are pretty good that she has had a crazy day and could use a little kindness, (and also that she won’t misunderstand my gesture and think I may be hitting on her…heh). So, I paid for her order.

It’s funny cause when someone paid for me I was shocked that someone would show such kindness to a complete stranger. I was filled with warmth and gratitude. What I didn’t expect was that when it came time to return the favor, I would also be filled with that same warmth. It felt great to do something for someone but never even see their face or their reaction. It was an anonymous good deed and it felt awesome. I’m totally itching to do it again now.

So, next time you’re at the drive-thru, try it.


Lisa said...

Totally cool. I'm going to do that soon!

I love warm fuzzies!


neely said...

love it! I heard about a starbucks in marysville that the "good deeds" kept going for over 12 hours...everyone kept paying for the person behind them! crazy and awesome.

marisabutterworth said...

What a great idea! I love it!