Day 6! This one has been done before but it is always nice. Buy a coffee for the person behind you. If you go to a place like Timmies (Tim Horton’s- Canadian coffee place) or Starbucks this works really well. Simply pay for a coffee and tell the cashier to give it to the person behind you. Sometimes it creates a chain where people keep buying it for the next person. They feel happy to have someone paying for their coffee so they do it for someone else.
So here is how my day went:
I have been feeling very off and sick today. So I didn’t get to this challenge until late tonight. Hence the late post. When I finally got to it I decided on a local Tim Horton’s (a popular Canadian Coffee place for those who are unfamiliar with it) It was mostly deserted due to the late time. (Note to self go in the morning when everyone wants a coffee fix) I waited around pretending to be thinking of my order until some people walked in. I then ordered a little treat for myself and a coffee for the person behind me. Now, when I have done that in the past it was no problem and the person at the cash new exactly what to do. This time however, again maybe it was the timing or maybe this act of kindness is no longer popular as it was, but the cashier was thoroughly confused. She kept asking me what I wanted in the coffee and I tried explaining it wasn’t for me or someone I knew. Eventually another cashier came to check on the cashier I was talking to ( I think she was new) and I told her I want to buy a coffee, but it’s not for me it’s for the stranger behind me. Comprehension dawned on their faces. The first thing the new cashier said was “that’s nice” but then her face grew somber and she added “but isn’t that like awkward?”
I went into how all she had to say if the person behind me ordered a coffee was say “it’s already paid for by an act of kindness”. She nodded still slightly confused. I paid and walked to the main door. I pretended to check my phone because I wanted to see if they would actually do it. I think they did because I am pretty sure the man behind me said “but why would they do that” but I was too out of range to hear and was walking out at that point to not be that weird creepy person who bought a stranger a coffee and waited at the door till they got it.
Moral of the story sometimes this works amazing and it makes someones day and people keep paying it forward for the person behind them. Sometimes it confuses people. Sometimes it doesn’t work and the cashier keeps the coffee( though that has never happened to me) Either way it is a good thing to try and I would like to think the man behind me was happy about a free coffee.
So how did you do?
Here is tomorrows Challenge:
give four people a compliment
See you tomorrow! Until then be part of a powered crowd for positive change!