Today’s cup of kindness was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. Under a sunny spring sky, I ordered a soy latte and a sandwich. As the barista rang up my total, I pleaded for assistance in transacting the order for the next patron. The problem was, the patron wasn’t there yet, and I had no cash, nor gift cards. I was stuck. I asked if we could do some creative maneuvering with my Starbucks bucks, but that proved troublesome for the cash register. I guess computers don’t approve of paying it forward. But the quick thinking, and very friendly barista had an idea. She started transcribing the numbers from my coffee card–and assured me that she would ring up the next order. It seemed simple enough. As we were fumbling with the reading and writing portion of all this, I got a good laugh. It was hard not to laugh at the irony of having to go so old school–in 2013.
As we continued, waiting for my order, a big brown SUV appeared in my rear view. We breathed a collective sigh of relief. The order was simple, and totaling $4.60. The barista was relieved to quickly swipe my iPhone and wrap it up. The barista gave a big chuckle as she crumpled up that slip of paper and said with a smile: “I’ll be sure to get rid of this!” It was over in the blink of an eye, and I smiled for yet another successful day in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Though we almost went old school, the serendipitous timing kept all the day’s transaction 21st Century and then some. Here’s to your daily shot of kindness. Until tomorrow.
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