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The Starbucks Generosity Train

I remember one day I was at the Starbucks drive-thru waiting to get my coffee before I headed off to class. It was just a normal, average day. I got to the window, pulled out my credit card and passed it to the cashier. He told me, "This coffee is free." I looked at him confused and said, "That's awesome! Am I your 1 millionth customer?" He smiled and said, "Nope! The person in front of you paid for it." - I extended my credit card to him again and told him I wanted to pay for the person behind me. He smiled again and told me this was a frequent occurrence. The baristas called it "The Starbucks Generosity Train."

Today I went to buy food at Panda Express. I handed the cashier my card and told him to pay for the meal of the person behind me. He looked at me confused and then smiled. This time I added an ingenious twist. I asked him to tell the person behind me to "research Ron Paul."

If you got a free meal or coffee would you be interested in knowing why? (Wonder if this act of good will get the cashier interested?)

Start up your own Starbucks Generosity Train, include Ron Paul, and brighten someone's day! It's a win, win situation =)

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That was great, I loved it!

That was great, I loved it! I'll do something similiar.

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

I always

pay the toll for the person behind me. I have a Ron Paul bumper sticker so it shows something. If I had to go through tolls everyday I wouldn't be able to afford it.

I think he was pulling your leg

Starbucks has given me free coffee a number of times. When asked they just smile and say it's on them or something like that. One time they said business was slow, which didn't make sense to me but I didn't argue. They have a good business strategy.

I should clarify.

I always get a venti white chocolate mocha. They're nearly 6 bucks after tax and this has happened to me more than 10 times, so I'd assume Starbucks doesn't have that much money to throw away.

Pay it forward.


The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

How do they know what the

How do they know what the customer behind you is ordering and what to charge? Do they keep your charge account open? Be careful they don't mess up and charge you for the whole day's worth of customers or if someone is buying coffee for the office. Nice thing to do though.

Not in my experience.

Before I gave them my card they'd tell me what the total was and give me the receipt for the order.

It's a safe procedure =) Enjoy!