I’ve written about to this on occasion, and usually it involves helping those are that are not as fortunate. For example, on occasion I’ve given to the homeless. Also, I’ve seen others show some real generosity to random people who clearly needed a few breaks.
However, I have to say, I’m not sure if I’ve written enough about good things that others have done for me. Well, there was a very simple yet unexpected example of such a thing recently. I almost didn’t know what to do, because this hasn’t really happened before.
I was in my car on a chilly morning, wanting to get some coffee before starting the day. So, I decided to swing by the drive-through to make my purchase. Coincidentally, it was the same place I described in a prior fun post on picking up coins at the drive-through. In this case, I wasn’t going to play such games, but wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do so anyway.
The order was made through the speaker, and I had to wait in line to pay and pick up the coffee. After a short wait, the typical drive-through drill was about to take place. You roll down the window, give them the money, they give you the food. Or just coffee in my case.
This time, the guy just gave me coffee and said “thank you!”
I paused, and mentioned that I had yet to pay. My credit card was in hand, ready to be given to him.
He then smiled, and said that it was taken care of by “the last guy”. I wasn’t sure what he meant by that, so I again told him that I had yet to pay.
As it turns out, the guy told me that the SUV that was in line ahead of me had actually paid for me. Still perplexed, I commented that it was “too bad” that he paid. There was actually a bit of guilt, and I wondered how the guy could smile while telling me that the previous customer accidentally paid for my coffee!
Silly me. He then explained that no, this wasn’t an accident. The customer had apparently said that he would like to pay for the next car’s order, whatever it was. How nice of that person!
You know, I hate to say that I had a fleeting thought that it would’ve been great if I had placed a big order :) However, that quickly dissipated and I realized that it was pretty cool what that person did. Totally generous, and the person was getting nothing directly out of it.
Sometime soon, I’ll buy a total stranger a cup of coffee or meal too.
Have you ever done this for a stranger, or had someone do this for you?