Pay-it-Forward Coffee Karma
--by Andrew, posted May 10, 2010
Every day I go into the same coffee shop on the way to work. It's part of a large chain here in the UK.
I am new to the anonymous act of kindness concept. I came across it recently, and a few weeks ago I worked up the courage to ask the Barista if I could pay for a coffee for someone later that day. He looked at me kind of strangely and said "okay" and then put the money in the till. I walked out feeling doubtful that this would ever happen (and privately thinking he might just add the money to his tips).
This chain stamps a card every time you buy a coffee and when you get 9 stamps, the 10th coffee is free. I had just completed my card today and was due a free coffee next time, so I cheered up as I headed out of the coffee shop. I think giving these cards to people on the street is better than giving them cash so I forgot about the barista and passed the card on to a homeless guy I met later.
A week later I was in the same store and I ordered my usual coffee and the barista (a different one) said "your coffee is on us". I was surprised and asked why he would give me a free coffee? He said that the staff were allowed to give out one free coffee a day to anyone they chose. And that today I "was it". He said they knew that I was a regular and that "I was always so cheerful with the staff". (By the way, I am not sure I am first thing in the morning!).
This put a big smile on my face but I decided to ask if I could chose to pay-it-forward to someone else instead. They wouldn't let me - so beware, sometimes paying forward isn't as easy as it sounds! :)
I wrote a piece which i feel compliments your piece here http://www. Thelunchbreakblog. Com/slices-of-life/2012/8/29/pay-it-with-coffee. Html i have spoken about different examples of the pay it forward movement and how doing random acts of kindness can spread a very positive message.
Full circle, full cup of java (more than twice over); and, the net is jewel-strewn.
Looks like your kindness came around full-circle. Keep it up!