Pay It Forward Stories: Coffee Shop Acts of Kindness

By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times
October 31, 2013 Updated: March 26, 2016

Tim Horton’s coffee shop is a Canadian favorite and a regular morning stop for tens of thousands of Canadians. At a Tim Horton’s drive-through in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, people have started paying not only for their own orders, but also the orders of the people queued behind them.

The Epoch Times witnessed one such instance of “paying it forward” at this drive-through. The beneficiary of this kindness drove away with a honk, wave, and smile at the customer who paid for her drink.

This was not an isolated incident—others have reported instances of having their coffees paid for at this shop in such a manner. And, as kindness often does, the acts inspired them to bestow this treat upon others.

It’s a heart-warming start to another commute and another day at the office.

Suspended Coffees

A similar phenomenon known as “suspended coffees” began in Naples and has spread across the world.

Earlier this year, a witness to this phenomenon who only gives his first name, John, started the Facebook page “Suspended Coffee,” which has over 130,000 “likes.”

He explains the concept and how he first stumbled upon it: “We entered a little coffee house with a friend of mine and gave our order. While we were approaching our table, two people came in and went to the counter. ‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us, and three suspended.'”

Having heard others place similar orders for “suspended” coffees, John was perplexed and intrigued.

“A man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar came in through the door and kindly asked, ‘Do you have a suspended coffee?’

“He got a coffee for free—no charge—he sat down and took a sip and a smile ran through his face.”