--by lewski711, posted Jan 28, 2022
I gifted strangers at local coffee shops including McDonald's, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Blenders, Kyle's Kitchen, Yogurtland, as well as tipping some of the folks behind the counter.
Reactions were wonderful as I explained, "It's my birthday and paying for this is your gift to me." I plop down the money and leave. Recipients (and even people working at the establishments) are stunned and excited.
I love that people will tell the story of the mystery guy with the Batman mask who paid for their coffee or burger.
The best one was the last one at In-n-Out. I paid for a young man's meal. He was shocked and delighted and I left and got into the car. He chased me and told me I had made his day, that I started something today. He told me his birthday was in three days (we're both Capricorns). He was turning 25. I told him about sticking 25 bills in his pocket and making people feel the way he felt right then.
He wished me a happy birthday and a Merry Christmas, and I sped away in my Bat Mobile.