I am going to rain on a parade.

It’s trendy at the moment to perform a random act of kindness at a Starbucks drive through, and pay for the drink(s) of the car behind you. That’s really nice and all, and a good way to give someone a bit of a sunshine happy boost with their caffeine.

But .. I can’t help but thinking it would be so much nicer if people performed random acts of kindness on people who truly need the help. Chances are, if you’re in a Starbucks drive through, you can afford the car you’re in and the drink you’re buying. Wouldn’t that kindness go so much further if you helped someone who didn’t have the means to fuel a vehicle or designer coffee habit?

I know that it’s the thought that counts, but I really wish people would think outside their own tax bracket once in a while.

2 thoughts on “curmudgeon

  1. so… what you’re saying is that i should pay for the order of the people behind me INSIDE starbucks? what about the drive-thru at mcdonalds? or timmy’s? =)

    • Exactly!

      That won’t actually work though – the only reason it works in a drive thru is that the car behind you has already ordered by the time you get to the window. In a line up, you pay when you order – so those downwind haven’t ordered yet, and asking them what they want ruins the surprise aspect.

      Treating people at Timmy’s would definitely be a change of tax bracket, but isn’t quite what I meant :D

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