Dear Suri, A customer at the Starbucks drive-thru this morning bought for nearly everyone in line. When I got to the window, the clerk said: “Your order has already been paid.”
I appreciate the gesture (and the free coffee!), but I can’t help but wonder if the funds could have been put to better use? I mean, not to sound elitist, but everyone there has the expendable income to buy coffee and snacks. It might have been better if the gentleman would have made a donation to a homeless shelter or some other worthy cause. Am I overreacting? — Confused Customer
Dear Confused, There is a saying that “charity begins at home.” We must also realize that people give in their own capacity. This gentleman set out to show kindness, and for him that meant paying for his fellow customers.
While it’s true that simplicity may have played a role, there could be myriad reasons why he chose this particular method. Perhaps a dear friend who frequented the establishment recently passed, and this was part of the man’s grieving process?
However, rather than focusing on that detail, it may be best to allow the infectious spirit of giving to continue, by ‘paying it forward’ to someone else.
Best of luck,
by Suri Syrtauwnya
Residential Life Magazine