450 Starbucks Drive-Thru Patrons Pay For The Next Customer’s Order

At a Starbucks in Connecticut, almost 450 drive-thru customers set off a chain reaction of caffeine and generosity over Christmas. A mysterious customer started the chain early on Tuesday, and it kept going until this morning. The store opened with $45 in the pay-it-forward fund this morning.

As far as we know, this is a new record, and it could be . The previous one was 228 customers at a Tim Hortons drive-thru in Canada.

Are these chains inefficient and kind of silly? Sure. We still love to hear about them, though. It’s the symbolism of sharing with others. We like the idea that people receive someone else’s generosity, then choose to pass it on.

Hundreds show generosity at Newington, Conn. Starbucks [NECN] (Warning: auto-play video!)

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  1. IMakeMyOwnSnarkAtHome says:

    I broke one of these chains a few months ago :(

    I had my free drink reward and no cash so I went through the drive through to get a caffeinated milkshake (Venti white mocha frap with 3 pumps of raspberry. do it) and when I got to the window the guy was all “The people in front of you already paid for your drink! Someone paid for theirs, so they paid for yours”
    I asked what the person behind us ordered, and they said “Four drinks” I felt bad and said “Thanks! Have a great day!”
    Drink was pretty good though.

  2. OliverPickles says:

    Nice to read something good about my state :)