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Old 02-21-2021, 10:51 AM   #1
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Yesterday the wife & I took a road trip for a day to go to a few antique shops and just get out of town since it finally warmed up a little (the high was 25) after more than two weeks of double-digit below zero low temperatures. We stopped for lunch in a touristy town a couple of hours away from home. We ordered in the drive-thru (COVID) and when we got to the next window to pay we found out that the truck in front of us had paid for our order and we didn't have to pay anything.

We had seen stories about this happening to others and about strings of this happening before in drive thrus but it had never happened to us personally. There was nobody behind us in line so we just accepted our good fortune and found a place to park and eat our (free) lunch. It was only $10 but it was a nice surprise for us. Even though our antiquing trip was a bust we were happy when we got home simply because somebody in a town 100 miles away did such a nice gesture. Maybe we'll help someone else like this in the future.

Has anyone else here had this happen to them? Does anyone here do this for others on a regular basis?
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Old 02-21-2021, 11:02 AM   #2
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I shattered my right leg once years ago and was (somewhat ineffectually) helped by two small female paramedics. They were incredibly kind to me and it stuck with me.

DW has also been helped by paramedics on a couple of occasions and also been struck by their helpfulness (especially considering they are pretty uniformly young people)

I have anonymously paid for the meals of table fulls of paramedics in restaurants that DW and I were also dining at twice now. I hope to get more chances to do it in the future.
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Never done this but I will try that some day. I have been tipping a lot better these days. Contrary to my pre COVID feelings, I wouldn't even mind if the grocery clerks put out a tip jar. These front line workers are great.

Glad you got a free lunch. I'm sure that did feel good.
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Old 02-21-2021, 11:09 AM   #4
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Whenever I have the opportunity, I buy meals for any military I see in uniform in a restaurant.

Beyond that, I'm normally an extremely generous tipper wherever I go.
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It has happened to us twice, both dinners at restaurants. One time, it was the gift of parents of former students we had had years ago, who happened to be eating at the same restaurant we were (the cashier confirmed it!) We highly suspect the second time was former parents, also. It made us feel so "warm and fuzzy" (smile!)

We have done it for fire and other emergency personnel during the horrible fires in our area. I have done it for law enforcement at Starbucks.

It's a good feeling to do something nice for these hardworking people.
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Years ago I was driving on a 2 lane highway, and saw a woman and little girl walking along.
So I stopped and gave them a lift for about 15 miles, they were aiming to go 100 miles and that was too far for me.
I dropped them off after I had learned they had been on the road 2 hours and by then it was 1pm.
I drove into the small town, and bought some burgers, drinks and then went back out to the highway and pulled up beside them, and gave them lunch.
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When I was in high school part of our team was in a restaurant after a hockey game and when we went to get the bill we were told that someone had paid for us. It made an impression, especially that someone would take a chance on the tab for 10 teenage guys. Have done similar a few times in one way or another. Apparently, very common at the coffee shop (Tim's) drive-thrus around here but I don't frequent those so haven't been a participant.
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Old 02-21-2021, 12:16 PM   #8
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Never done this but I will try that some day. I have been tipping a lot better these days. Contrary to my pre COVID feelings, I wouldn't even mind if the grocery clerks put out a tip jar. These front line workers are great.

Glad you got a free lunch. I'm sure that did feel good.
This. In a COVID world, I tip generously. I think of it as combat pay.
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Yes, pay it forward happens frequently with us at Starbucks drivethru. We keep it going if there is someone behind us.
I have bought coffee and meals for service men and women in restaurants also.
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On our wedding day 40 years ago on Valentines Day, we were all lovey dovey at the hotel lounge. An older couple asked about our amores interactions, so we told them the great news. 5 minutes later a bottle of sparkling was at our table. A kind thought that after 40 years we are still trying to return.
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