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(Winnipeg Free Press)   Not News: Person pays for next person's coffee in drive through. Fark: Chain of Random Act of Kindness lasts for 3 hours and 228 orders   (winnipegfreepress.com) divider line 142
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2013-01-02 11:21:18 AM  
lasts for 3 hours and 228 hours
What's with these headlines? Is it amateur hour, or is everyone still hungover from NYE?
 
2013-01-02 11:24:38 AM  
So ... basically only the last person got free coffee.
 
2013-01-02 11:24:43 AM  
So, that's what...  231 hours then?

Fark you for making me do maths Subby.  DIAF.
 
2013-01-02 11:38:26 AM  
so an early combo breaker then?
 
2013-01-02 11:51:40 AM  
That's pretty organized for being random.
 
2013-01-02 11:52:52 AM  

kmmontandon: So ... basically only the last person got free coffee.


Yeah, I like how that guys was all, "fark that noise."
 
2013-01-02 12:03:49 PM  
76 people per hour get coffee at the Tim Horton's drive thru? Wow Canada.
 
2013-01-02 12:25:07 PM  
Well, *yeah*...this was in Canada!

[Obvious]
 
2013-01-02 12:27:01 PM  

xanadian: Well, *yeah*...this was in Canada!

[Obvious]


They didn't say who broke the chain. Probably an American tourist.
 
2013-01-02 12:51:32 PM  

sweetmelissa31: 76 people per hour get coffee at the Tim Horton's drive thru? Wow Canada.


We can stop any time we want.
 
2013-01-02 12:51:57 PM  
This sounds like the nonsense stories people make up and post on the Facebook pages of corporations. I'm sick of that nonsense ending up in my news feed because one of my idiots friends pressed liked about some BS story about a random person buying everyone free dinner at McDonalds or something. Worse yet are when people post on corporate Facebook with requests and sob stories. Guess what, most of those Facebook pages are operated by third party marketing companies who have no real ties to the business they're advertising for, but yet people still don't seem to understand.
 
2013-01-02 12:54:48 PM  

revrendjim: xanadian: Well, *yeah*...this was in Canada!

[Obvious]

They didn't say who broke the chain. Probably an American tourist.


I wonder what his/her Fark handle was. That bastard!
 
2013-01-02 12:55:58 PM  

spman: This sounds like the nonsense stories people make up and post on the Facebook pages of corporations. I'm sick of that nonsense ending up in my news feed because one of my idiots friends pressed liked about some BS story about a random person buying everyone free dinner at McDonalds or something. Worse yet are when people post on corporate Facebook with requests and sob stories. Guess what, most of those Facebook pages are operated by third party marketing companies who have no real ties to the business they're advertising for, but yet people still don't seem to understand.


Facebook is voluntary. Have a cup of coffee, maybe it'll make you less ragey.
 
2013-01-02 12:56:18 PM  
Pay it Forward
www.dieselsc.com
 
2013-01-02 12:57:06 PM  
FTFA: "It isn't uncommon for Tim Hortons customers to pay for the next person in line, but this was a real gift," said Michelle Robichaud, spokeswoman for the company.

I'm trying to think of some snarky comment to make about this, but I'm just too flabbergasted.
 
2013-01-02 12:57:06 PM  

revrendjim: xanadian: Well, *yeah*...this was in Canada!

[Obvious]

They didn't say who broke the chain. Probably an American tourist.


Serves them right anyways. It was a stupid Canadian who broke NYC's great stabbing chain of '07
 
2013-01-02 12:57:22 PM  
I was at Walmart the other day to pick up a new rifle, and I paid for a rifle for the guy behind me. I hope he paid it forward and it continues to be paid forward until everyone in America is armed with rifles. Only then will we be safe from our tyrannical government.
 
2013-01-02 12:57:39 PM  

spman: This sounds like the nonsense stories people make up and post on the Facebook pages of corporations. I'm sick of that nonsense ending up in my news feed because one of my idiots friends pressed liked about some BS story about a random person buying everyone free dinner at McDonalds or something. Worse yet are when people post on corporate Facebook with requests and sob stories. Guess what, most of those Facebook pages are operated by third party marketing companies who have no real ties to the business they're advertising for, but yet people still don't seem to understand.


Maybe you should lay off the coffee.
 
2013-01-02 12:58:00 PM  

danielscissorhands: revrendjim: xanadian: Well, *yeah*...this was in Canada!

[Obvious]

They didn't say who broke the chain. Probably an American tourist.

I wonder what his/her Fark handle was. That bastard!


I heard it was LlamaGirl and it was part of her payback for being kicked out of Canada
 
2013-01-02 12:58:18 PM  
Who was 229? Who broke the chain?
 
2013-01-02 12:59:52 PM  
I do that all the time. Sometimes I'm waiting for the drive through line to pass so I can join it and someone waves me in front. I always throw $2 buck towards whatever they ordered when I pay.
 
2013-01-02 01:00:34 PM  

Vodka Zombie: So, that's what...  231 hours then?


i.ytimg.com
 
GBB
2013-01-02 01:02:05 PM  
Only the first 1 was random. Everyone else felt obligated. Well, at least until #229.

/Hey, free coffee!!
 
2013-01-02 01:02:30 PM  
I wonder if the chain breaker was just getting a coffee and the guy behind him was getting coffee and sandwiches for the whole office.
 
2013-01-02 01:02:37 PM  
I wanted to do that once, but as it turns out the person behind me was buying $50 worth of food at Panera and I was like "oh... uh... what about the guy behind him? ooorrrr... SORRYNEVERMINDBYE."

I suck at life.
 
2013-01-02 01:02:46 PM  

birchman: spman: This sounds like the nonsense stories people make up and post on the Facebook pages of corporations. I'm sick of that nonsense ending up in my news feed because one of my idiots friends pressed liked about some BS story about a random person buying everyone free dinner at McDonalds or something. Worse yet are when people post on corporate Facebook with requests and sob stories. Guess what, most of those Facebook pages are operated by third party marketing companies who have no real ties to the business they're advertising for, but yet people still don't seem to understand.

Maybe you should lay off the coffee.


He would, but people keep paying for it for him.
 
2013-01-02 01:02:49 PM  
I hope this doesn't come off as snarky, but what's the point of letting someone buy you a coffee if you're going to just buy someone else a coffee right then and there? Give it a day and then buy someone a coffee next time you go. You kind of take their nice gesture away from them otherwise.
 
2013-01-02 01:06:14 PM  
Before Illinois went to electronic tolls - I remember Jonathon Brandmeier (sp?) would encourage the toll train of love where you would pay for your toll and the person behind you. Tolls were $.25 or $.50 at the time.
 
GBB
2013-01-02 01:06:53 PM  
When I get to the window, I always say, "I want to pay for that guy's order" and point to the car that just left. The worker looks at me and says, "They already paid". I give them a shrug and , "I guess I was too late then, oh well."

-OR-

I say, "You know how people are always paying for other people's orders?" I get back, "Oh, you want to pay for the next guy's order?". I say, "No, I want them to pay for mine."
 
2013-01-02 01:07:36 PM  

LL316: I hope this doesn't come off as snarky, but what's the point of letting someone buy you a coffee if you're going to just buy someone else a coffee right then and there? Give it a day and then buy someone a coffee next time you go. You kind of take their nice gesture away from them otherwise.


Nice to meet you, order #229.
 
2013-01-02 01:07:37 PM  

jfivealive: I was at Walmart the other day to pick up a new rifle, and I paid for a rifle for the guy behind me. I hope he paid it forward and it continues to be paid forward until everyone in America is armed with rifles. Only then will we be safe from our tyrannical government.


Thank you for the 22 mag, didn't want to take full advantage and got nice scope, rifle & plenty of ammo. BTW, left same amount for next guy.
 
2013-01-02 01:07:49 PM  
I wonder how many people missed the part about it being 228 orders, not 228 hours?
 
2013-01-02 01:08:38 PM  
Seems like a pointless, self-congratulatory circle-jerk to me.

/would have broke that chain with zero guilt
 
2013-01-02 01:10:49 PM  
Once the person in front of me paid for me. I did not do the same, because I ordered a $1.50 small cup if coffee and the car in back of me was an Escalade full of middle aged women. I wasnt about to pay 30 bucks for their four Carmel chocolate mocha iced frappe mochacino deluxe super triple espressos. Especially since they didn't appear to need my charity anyway. I just wanted my cheap crappy cup of coffee and not pay 30 bucks for it because someone in front of me payed an extra buck and a half.
 
2013-01-02 01:11:34 PM  
The drive through pay-for-the-next person thing is so stupid. That story always comes out as some example of how cool humanity is. No, all it is is evidence of social pressure. You get some random person who starts the chain because they are feeling generous. Then the next person pulls up expecting to pay but is instead greeted with the pay it forward act. The simple thing to do is just do it for the next person. That is like saying Happy Birthday on your friend's wall on Facebook. It is literally the LEAST you can do. At the end of the day it is a bunch of jerks paying a different amount for their morning coffee and then one smart guy who just decides to take the freebie.

If you want to do something nice, try actually doing something nice. Help an old person, volunteer, pull over for that troubled motorist, etc. Buying coffee in some drive through because the jerk in front of you did the same is pretty lame.
 
2013-01-02 01:11:34 PM  
$10 says it was a self-made Randian douchenozzle who refused to keep it going.
 
2013-01-02 01:12:00 PM  

spman: This sounds like the nonsense stories people make up and post on the Facebook pages of corporations. I'm sick of that nonsense ending up in my news feed because one of my idiots friends pressed liked about some BS story about a random person buying everyone free dinner at McDonalds or something. Worse yet are when people post on corporate Facebook with requests and sob stories. Guess what, most of those Facebook pages are operated by third party marketing companies who have no real ties to the business they're advertising for, but yet people still don't seem to understand.


Lol. It'd be funny if someone found out the first person in the chain was a Tim Horton's marketing person.
 
2013-01-02 01:13:19 PM  

revrendjim: xanadian: Well, *yeah*...this was in Canada!

[Obvious]

They didn't say who broke the chain. Probably an American tourist.



Well, except that according to multiple international organizations and studies, citizens of the U.S. give more per capita, and more per dollar of GDP than any other country in the world. In 2011, The U.S. was ranked #1 and Canada #7 (7 still being very respectable and admirable, btw) Link
 
2013-01-02 01:13:52 PM  
that's nice and everything, its always nice to pay for someone else's coffee, but lets be honest here. buying coffee at a drive through is a luxury. so really this is just people who can afford it helping people who can afford it. no one came up to that window not able to buy their coffee and surprised by an amazing gift that will keep them awake long enough to get through the work morning, or at least not believing they could buy it. MAYBE one in 228 was buying something they couldnt afford and needed, and if they're being that irresponsible with their money because of a caffeine addiction, there are cheaper ways to go about it. this is not the awesome goodwill gesture its being made out to be.
 
2013-01-02 01:14:15 PM  
Random act of kindness for a cup of coffee? Man, the subby is an idiot for writing that, the mods are idiots for approving it and the human race are idiots for thinking that buying coffee for someone else in a drive-thru constitutes an "act of kindness".
 
2013-01-02 01:14:34 PM  

LL316: I hope this doesn't come off as snarky, but what's the point of letting someone buy you a coffee if you're going to just buy someone else a coffee right then and there? Give it a day and then buy someone a coffee next time you go. You kind of take their nice gesture away from them otherwise.


Yes, that. The story doesn't really make a lot of logical sense, when you step back and look at it. The first guy bought one coffee for the last guy. That's all that really happened when you boil it down. The rest of it is just pointless self-congratulation.

/Canadian
//Timbits are the greatest thing in the universe
 
2013-01-02 01:14:36 PM  

moefuggenbrew: Pay it Forward
[www.dieselsc.com image 600x400]


I never noticed that Haley Joel had such shallow expectations in the diagram of his idea.

His diagram shows that he expects eight of the nine third generation Pay-It-Forward participants to drop out. And then it dies out altogether at the fourth generation.

Seems about right.
 
2013-01-02 01:16:28 PM  
I'm guessing the last order came from a lawyer????
 
2013-01-02 01:16:34 PM  
Farking Canucks. So farking polite.


"There was a lot of energy in the store," said Thompson. "Our team was really excited and shouting out the number of pay it forwards all morning."

Ah. Sounds like coercion to me.
 
2013-01-02 01:18:13 PM  
For that to happen there would have to be a constant line at the store of at least three vehicles (one paying, one who ordered but not yet paying and one about to order) from the hours of 10am-1pm. I realllllly doubt that.
 
2013-01-02 01:21:45 PM  
I like to order stuff in the drive through, and say, "Yeah, the guy behind me has got it."
Then I drive off.

It's kind of like the opposite of what people were doing in this story.

All in good fun.
 
2013-01-02 01:22:10 PM  

acaciaavenue: Random act of kindness for a cup of coffee? Man, the subby is an idiot for writing that, the mods are idiots for approving it and the human race are idiots for thinking that buying coffee for someone else in a drive-thru constitutes an "act of kindness".


I take it you have not had the awesomeness that is Tim hortons coffee?
 
2013-01-02 01:23:07 PM  
Umm, for all the hate on #229... it's possible that car was the end of the line? (I dunno, is a non-ending line during a main mealtime And the driver didn't think to say "Uhh, here's some money towards whomever comes through next."
 
2013-01-02 01:23:25 PM  

Saners: For that to happen there would have to be a constant line at the store of at least three vehicles (one paying, one who ordered but not yet paying and one about to order) from the hours of 10am-1pm. I realllllly doubt that.


umm.. actually .. yeah.. there is almost always a constant line at Timmie's from 6amish to around 7PMish.
 
2013-01-02 01:23:56 PM  

kvinesknows:

I take it you have not had the awesomeness that is Tim hortons coffee?


You know how I know you've never had any?

Using the word "coffee" to describe that vile brown swill is a start.
 
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