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This Happens in Real Life?!?

November 27, 2012 - Liz Skoczylas
Guys, the holiday cheer is here. And, I don't mean Christmas-music-blaring-over-the-speakers-at-Wal-Mart type of cheer. I don't mean stores-putting-Christmas-decorations-out-before-Halloween cheer. I mean real, honest-to-goodness, people-doing-nice-things-for-one-another-for-no-particular-reason cheer.

I thought this stuff only happened in sappy Facebook posts.

But no, it happened this morning at our very own Tim Hortons in Brooklyn Square.

I know, Tim Horton's coffee is cheer enough for some. But, this morning, I was running late. I had to get my stinky puppy to the groomer's before work. And, I didn't have time to brew a cup of coffee, although I bought like 73 cartons of creamer in an extreme couponing frenzy last night. But, that's another story.

So, I went through the drive-through at Tim Hortons. I ordered my extra large coffee. And, when I got to the window, the girl working handed me my coffee and said:

"The person ahead of you paid for your coffee."

I looked at the yellow jeep ahead of me, getting ready to pull out of the parking lot. And, then I did the next logical thing... I paid for the order of the person behind me.

Sometimes - in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, moving, wedding planning, getting the dog to the groomers or the kids to school, remembering to show your significant other that you care and doing a zillion things for work - you forget that strangers can be completely amazing. This morning, the coffee story comes not from Blanding, Utah or Hartford, S.D., but from Jamestown, N.Y. And, it completely made my day.

I don't know if the person ahead of me had her coffee paid for by someone else. I'm not sure if the person behind me paid for the next person behind him. But I do know that the kindness of a stranger, someone who I will probably never meet, made me stop and appreciate exactly how good people can be.


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