Pay It Forward

Two years ago, a woman walked into the Corner Perk coffee shop in Bluffton, South Carolina and paid for a cup of coffee with a hundred dollar bill. She asked the barista to use the change to pay for other people’s orders as they came in. This surprising act of generosity to strangers spun into a cycle of giving:

“People will come in and say, “What do you mean? I don’t understand. Are you trying to buy me a coffee today?” And I say,” No, somebody came in 30 minutes ago and left money to pay for drinks until it runs out,” The Corner Perk owner Josh Cooke said.

It kicked off two years ago with an average-joe customer who left the first one hundred dollar bill.

I love stuff like this, though as a tightfisted Scot I fully confess I’d be unlikely to contribute much beyond the cost of my own cup.

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