Amazing: Customers at a Florida Starbucks pay it forward… 379 times!

It all started at 7am on Wednesday, when a woman pulled up to the drive-through of a St. Petersburg, Florida Starbucks and asked to pay for the order of the person behind her. Over the course of the next 12 hours, nearly 400 other people did the same.

“We have been talking about some of the madness going on, so let me tell you a nice story,” Pat said on radio this morning. “This is a really good story from the day before yesterday. “

According to the Tampa Bay Times, once the first woman paid for her iced coffee and the caramel macchiato of the patron behind her, employees at the Starbucks began keep a tally. As of 1:30pm, 260 people had chosen to pay it forward.

One customer told the Times he had visited the Starbucks early in the day but returned later to see if the trend had continued. When he learned it had, he ordered a second chai tea and paid for the person behind him.

The remarkable feat finally ended around 6pm when a woman pulled up and ordered a regular coffee. The person working the drive-through window asked the women if she would like to continue the chain by paying for the person behind her, but she refused. The employee told the Times he did not think the woman understood the concept.

“I think it’s amazing it took 400 people to make that happen,” Pat concluded.

Watch the Tampa Bay Times report below:

Listen to today’s radio show below:

  • gary byerley

    gee, people that can afford starbucks paying it forward, call me unimpressed. bet they wouldn’t do it in a poor part of town.

    • bubba60609

      Fisrt, dummy, not everyone who buys something at Starbucks can really afford it. So your presumption is stupid on so many levels. Second, you seem to be the type of troll that is just so ho hum about everything, and right away hits the uber-lefty button on your iPhone. I am just so unimpressed with you. I did hear, however, that there is an Occupy reunion coming up over labor Day weekend in your town. What will you be wearing? No, no – don’t tell me, black!

      • Jay McCain

        bubba, did you really need to stoop down and name call to make your point. (the preceding was a rhetorical question and no answer is needed as it’s obvious.) no, but you did anyway. Pity, that.

        • SaintEaon

          You are aware that it doesn’t count as taking the high road if you maliciously point out the flaws in something someone else did. You might not have called bubba dumb, but you certainly implied it which is even more insulting because you’re either insinuating that he isn’t smart enough to realize that’s what you did or you don’t care if he noticed that or not and despite that proceeded to do essentially the same exact thing he did while claiming some false moral high ground.

  • Klaus

    How is this any good? How is this supposed to make me feel better? Has any of these customers been lifted from poverty?? What is the lesson from this? That you shouldn’t make economic decisions, because someone else might pick up your tab for your over-indulgence?

    • Ferrari fan

      it’s about doing something nice for someone else, someone you don’t even know, and expecting nothing in return. THAT is what the story is about.

      • bucketnutz

        The same theory that established he Welfare State

        • SaintEaon

          The theory of doing something nice for others and expecting nothing in return is about self sacrifice, its the same theory found in The Bible, Comic Books, and any other medium where heroes are looked up to because of their willingness to give of themselves for others.

          Welfare is the opposite, its having something taken from you to support others. The fundamental flaws there is the Welfare system isn’t watched to ensure it isn’t abused which it largely is, and that things are being forcibly taken from others.

          One is self sacrifice, one is stealing. That’s the difference.

  • caleejr

    This can be traced back to #AJO movement in Erie, PA – there was a girl who was diagnosed with epileptic seizures and she always wanted, but never had a spiced pumpkin late’ and died from a seizure before she could partake of one – her parents started the movement by paying forward a certain number of those lates and when people would order them – they would continue to pay it forward. It’s nice to see the movement continues a year later….
    http://www.today.com/news/parents-coffee-kindness-honor-late-daughter-goes-viral-4B11241670

  • Cricket LaMay

    Funny how there are 2 different versions of the story. The one I’m posting was a man that purposely stopped it. I agree with him that Starbucks is fanning it to advertise. However, the real spirit of Paying It Forward does NOT include the cashier or barista ASKING you if you want to pay for the next customer. Paying It Forward comes from the heart, it is spontaneous and comes from the heart, NOT from being asked to do it. (I do it all the time, but not from being asked. And most times, not for someone who appears they can well afford to pay their own).

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/florida-man-deliberately-scuttles-pay-forward-starbucks-line/story?id=25084619

    • Bryan Hinson

      Wow, i didn’t think of it that way. I think it’s nice that this happened, but i agree that it would have been even more news-worthy had the act of continuing to pay it forward was not insited upon by Starbucks.

      • SaintEaon

        Is Charity less amazing because the bell ringers at Christmas Time ask for donations? Just because someone asks if you would like to continue a chain of good will doesn’t make it less of a good thing, especially since 398 of those people wouldn’t have known the first time would have happened if the employees hadn’t said anything at all.

  • Rochelle Nickles

    Today in St louis Mo, a young man was waiting in line at a dollar tree on KingsHighway and the older gentleman in front of him did not have enough money to pay for it all, as they were getting ready to cancel the order, the young man said he would pay the extra $11.30 the older gentleman was extremely grateful and what was even more remarkable about this all the young man was buying for himself was a bottle of water and when the cashier told him he was awesome, he acted like it was no big deal, like it is just second nature to him. Way to go young man, I have no idea who you are, but your parents must be extremely proud of you. I know I was certainly touched, as was my 17 year old daughter. You are true example of what a young person should act like.

  • Sailsalot

    What a load of crap.

  • Sail Away

    Just goes to show it only takes one no matter which way you choose to look at it .

  • Stephen

    My wife recently went through the line at Starbucks and after hearing a huge guilt filled sales pitch about how everyone was paying it forward, had to pay it forward to the tune of over twenty dollar, when all she ordered was a regular coffee. She said the only reason she did was the cashier made her feel bad for not doing it. He also got her to agree to do it before telling her the total. I completely understand why the lady said no. I will take my coffee with no room for extra manipulation.

  • BlueMN

    Frappuccino price tag roulette. No thanks.

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  • CrazyEddy

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    I have tendency to go against a crowd. Lemming behavior to do what others are doing at the moment is not best thing to praise. I am sure plenty of people thought this is silly but went along. The same is with ice bucket challenge; seems to be a good idea and for good cause but “monkey see monkey do” mechanism worries me a lot.

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