Today’s Cup 149 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. It was a comical transaction, unbeknownst to the driver of the vehicle behind me. As the barista rang up my order, I handed over a gift card, with instructions to give it to the next patron behind me. In her frenzied coffee-prepping-cashiering-and-being-friendly-while-talking-in-the-headset mode, she mistakenly voided the $5.00 off the gift card and then politely waited for me to pay–an additional $5.00 for the gift.
As I happily sipped my soy latte, she tried to reconcile her confusion as I explained that card had money, before she accidentally swiped it clean. We worked it out, and it was a good laugh, all the way around. I explained that although I love being generous, I didn’t really want to pay $10 for a $5.00 cup. We smiled. And in the end, that unsuspecting driver, that finally showed up, got her free cup of goodwill. All in the spirit of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.