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March 24, 2008 at 8:26 pm #586613
I just want to say thank you to the kind woman in front of me at the Starbucks drive-through for starting my Mondy off right by buying my drink for me before I even got to the window.
I had heard of these random acts of kindness but never experienced one first hand and I’ll tell you what, I really appreciated it. :)March 24, 2008 at 8:59 pm #619725
That’s always so cool when that happens.
So did you buy for the person behind you?March 24, 2008 at 9:20 pm #619726March 31, 2008 at 1:53 pm #619727
I used to do that on the Mass Turnpike. The chain sometimes extended to the next 20 drivers. It was great fun!March 31, 2008 at 11:17 pm #619728
the one time I tried that at the Sbux drive-thru the gal at the window looked at me like I was insane…and made me feel silly for doing it. I have not done it since.March 31, 2008 at 11:22 pm #619729
We always used to do that on the Chicago freeways at the toll stops. They always made us feel stupid for doing it too and I don’t think it kept going car after car. But, we sure thought it was fun!March 31, 2008 at 11:40 pm #619730
“cheer chains” are PR stunts orchestrated by the Management at any given Starbucks. But they pay off when people make posts like this.
sorry to pee in your cheeriosMarch 31, 2008 at 11:46 pm #619731
vincent – you’re saying that management initiates this type of thing on any given day? Could be.
However, I have done this sort of thing all over, not just on Chicago freeways. I’ve done it at Starbucks, fast food drive thrus, etc. And this was way before you heard about this sort of thing at Starbucks. I think that it is entirely possible that it may have STARTED with management, but I think regular people initiate it more than you think.April 1, 2008 at 12:28 am #619732
Vincent: It’s too bad you feel that way. I can absolutely confirm that this is NOT something Starbucks starts, or does for PR. It’s been happening for years, and only been the last year or so that the media has gotten ahold of it and made a fuss. Starbucks is pretty quiet in the things it does for the community. In fact, some say they should report what they do more. It might help some folks’ perceptions. *shrug*April 1, 2008 at 12:52 am #619733
Seems kind of funny that management woudl do this. Whats in it for them? The people receiving the gift as well as everyone else is already in Starbrucks and it seems they are happening everywhere. Sorry just dont buy it Vincent.April 1, 2008 at 1:03 am #619734
Why is it so easy to write off simple kindness as a publicity or marketing stunt?
i believe in the basic principle of “pay it forward” and i think many of us do.
I buy candie or cookies from the kids in front of the grocery (scouts, camp fire girls, brownies, cubs, sports teams, etc…) and then tell them to give the treats to the next older person who comes out alone.
i have sat in my car and watched them do it. i think it is more fun for the kids than me.
I have added $20 to my fast food order for the family in line behind me…
it can be as small a thing as holding a door or buying coffee for the person after you.. or as large as subsidizing the shopping list of the person behind you.. or providing Christmas for someone not as fortunate.. or…
You get out of this world what you are willing to put into it.
and who knows. you just might be the lucky recipient of someone else’s kindness when you need it most.
i have been.April 1, 2008 at 1:14 am #619735
From now on I’m going behind JoB.April 1, 2008 at 1:17 am #619736
Seriously, I think random acts of kindness are the way to go. But these chains do kind of bug me. Are you really being kind or do you just not want to be the jerk who stops the cycle. After 20 people doesn’t the spirit of it get lost?April 1, 2008 at 1:19 am #619737
ha!! me too!!
My partner ALWAYS buys a hot cocoa for the person with the Salvation Army bucket in front of the stores in December.I have been known to give a $5 grocery gift card to someone who is standing on the corner with a sign. It’s just one small way I can help, and I’m happy to do so. I consider it paying forward for the folks who brought us bags of groceries when I was a kid and my parents had some hard times.April 1, 2008 at 1:29 am #619738
that is exactly why i do what i can when i can.
not everyone behind me gets treats.. just sometimes.. when i can and when i can see it might make a difference….
as for the chains.. some people will keep it going because they are not going to take charity from anyone… some keep it going out of shame.. but some keep it going just to see the joy on one person’s face….
i am hooked on joy.April 1, 2008 at 1:34 am #619739
Well there you have it. I am adamantly opposed to joy.April 1, 2008 at 1:36 am #619740
JT – With your smiling face, I’m not buying it! LolApril 1, 2008 at 1:41 am #619741
Don’t be telling people I can smile!April 1, 2008 at 1:50 am #619742April 1, 2008 at 2:33 am #619743
I think it’s very nice. I am happy to believe that it is true and Starbucks is not the one orchestrating it.April 1, 2008 at 4:31 pm #619744
So I guess the fact that cheer chains didn’t get prevalent till after the xmas promotions a couple of months ago by Starbucks has nothing to do with them being conjured up by marketing?
C&P is giving away free coffee (tonight, front page post ) for donating diapers to charity, that’s real neighbors helping neighbors. Cheer chains at Starbucks are like buying the person behind you at Nordstrom’s a belt. Yeah it wasn’t for you but at the end of the day its still pretty empty.April 1, 2008 at 4:59 pm #619745
choose not to participate if that makes you happy…
i am not aware of anyone behind me passing my gestures on… i make them all the same.
i like to think that one day when they are flush, they remember my kindness and pass what they can along to someone else.
my experience with those who have little is that most have very generous hearts.
A coffee at starbucks apparently doesn’t mean much to you…
but if you were in need.. and had children you couldn’t give Christmas to… and someone dropped Christmas onto your doorstep… believe me.. you would never forget the kindness.
that is only one kindness i pay back to the world every year.
and by the way… it is no surprise that around Christmas people become more generous.. and publicity only gives more people the idea. it doesn’t have to have anything to do with starbucks…
and Aim… with her job… really is in a position to know if it was starbucks…
but lets say, for the sake of argument… some ambitious manager decided to promote the story…
It really doesn’t matter if starbucks had anything to do with it or not.. it is still generosity.
and for generosity… the correct response.. is thank you.April 1, 2008 at 5:04 pm #619746
Vincent, and in the comments, this link for more info.
By the way, Aim, I still love stbx and don’t think they’re evil:)April 1, 2008 at 5:53 pm #619747
I wish I was as vapid as JoB that I would assume that needy people hit the Starbucks drive through, in their cars, in the morning and cherish the sincere gift that is the *cheer chain*
this has gone from gotcha > funny > sadApril 1, 2008 at 6:03 pm #619748
She was just making a point, vincent. I feel sad that you neither receive any acts of kindness nor (it seems) give them. You should try it sometime.
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