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Have you bought a stranger a coffee?


Have you ever done a 'Pay it forward' gesture? We all talk about it, and most of us don't want people to know when we do it...but let's share. Have you bought a coffee for the person behind you in a line up? Or a meal for the homeless gentleman on the street?
I was in a lineup for Starbucks coffee and paid for the Police Officers whole order one day that was behind me in the drive through. I thought it would be a cool way to brighten their day. (You never know what they are going to have to see, or what they have seen) 
Feb 02, 2016 @ 08:56 am

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Pay it

That's great I've wanted to and next time I am I a drive thru I will
Feb 02, 2016 @ 08:58 am


Not with coffee. But sometimes when I'm in a grocery line. When I see someone with a product that I have a coupon of and I know I won't be using, I just give it to them.
Feb 02, 2016 @ 09:52 am


christnat Yes, like you I've given people in a grocery store a coupon when I see them buying something that I have extra for. Coffee?No, simply because where I live there's always a lot of people inside and out of Tims when my son takes me that if we gave one, we'd be broke. Lets face it, there are way too many people out there that panhandle for money and also coffee. i ten to get fed up with it. No offence
Feb 02, 2016 @ 10:08 am


I like to do things like this when I can afford to. It just makes you feel good. Although once instead of just waving, smiling or nodding at me, one guy followed me to work and said thank you. I think he thought I was hitting on him LOL. definitely not the case, just trying to be nice.
Feb 02, 2016 @ 06:13 pm

I have

Over twenty years ago when I was living in Vancouver there was older senior homeless man on the street.Everyone hurried by in the rush of the big city and of course ignoring him as many people do.I gave him some spare change not something I normally had ever done but it just broke my heart seeing a older senior on the street.He said more then the spare change he was overwhelmed I just stopped and acknowledged him.So I stopped and sat right down on the pavement with him and was curious about his life etc.I sat there for close to an hour listening to his story had a few tears with him it truly opened my eyes.He gave me a ring and said it was his late wife's he wanted me to have it.He said it was a blessing I had just listened and didn't judge him.I tried really hard not to accept that ring but he forced me to take it.I still have that ring and wear it daily.Since then I have always tried to pay it forward.
Feb 02, 2016 @ 06:27 pm


That is just the sweetest story. Good for you to make that man's day. Sometimes all someone needs is acknowledgement; to know someone cares enough to listen. Obviously it's made a big impact on your life too, to recall this event from twenty years ago. I think what you did was wonderful and amazing. You should be very proud to make such an impact in his life.
Feb 02, 2016 @ 08:31 pm

Thank you Bren

Bren that is a Beautiful story! THAT is exactly the kind of thing that I knew we had here in this amazing group of people!!! The stories, heart to hearts, moments in time that don't get put out on the news station when it should be (and not because of that gentleman's situation, but because you were able to take time to learn about him...open his heart....let him see that there are caring people in the world.....moments missed and unheard because we live in our fast paced world). Thank you so much for sharing!!!
Feb 03, 2016 @ 07:35 am

Have you ever...

Absolutely...I've given people my paid parking space numerous occasions, my paid shopping cart to someone, paid for someone who doesn't have enough money for their order, passed on extra free tickets to a single Dad & his daughter waiting in line. I try to live by the Golden Rule...Do unto others as you would like them do unto you!
Feb 03, 2016 @ 09:09 am

Have you bought a stranger a coffee?

Sure have. Where I live I have had it happen to me a lot in the Tim Hortons Drive Thru. The car ahead will pay for the car behind them. In return, I always pay for the car behind me and keep the chain going. Or sometimes I will just start the chain. Then you see on the town FB page everyone thanking the mystery pay it forward person.
Feb 04, 2016 @ 08:15 am

Not yet

No I haven't yet, I am a bit shy but it's always been in the back of my mind.
Feb 06, 2016 @ 10:14 am

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