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2013-12-27 11:37:19 PM
I don't get the logistics of this. How do you pay for someone who hasn't ordered yet?
 
2013-12-28 12:02:57 AM
What is the point of doing this? One person pays for the next person to get it started then 1000 other people feel bad and don't want to break the chain? All for one coffee?  Am I just old or is this stupid?
 
2013-12-28 12:19:22 AM
and not a fark was given
 
2013-12-28 12:21:19 AM

KarmicDisaster: What is the point of doing this? One person pays for the next person to get it started then 1000 other people feel bad and don't want to break the chain? All for one coffee?  Am I just old or is this stupid?


It's stupid.
You only had to pay for one coffee, so paying for the person behind you, after someone already paid for yours = zero effort. you are out pretty much exactly the same amount that you would have been.

You really want to impress me? Pay for the next 2x. Bweahahahahahahaa
 
2013-12-28 01:14:07 AM

Three Crooked Squirrels: I don't get the logistics of this. How do you pay for someone who hasn't ordered yet?


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2013-12-28 01:31:44 AM

namatad: KarmicDisaster: What is the point of doing this? One person pays for the next person to get it started then 1000 other people feel bad and don't want to break the chain? All for one coffee?  Am I just old or is this stupid?

It's stupid.


Thirded.
 
2013-12-28 01:50:14 AM
I think it's awesome.

CSS (but not Starbucks): The fiance and I went to Western Bagel to indulge a little. We were laughing and having a good time, when a guy walks up behind us. We notice him, and immediately step aside: we'd been joking so much we hadn't yet considered what to order, and we weren't about to hold up the line. The guy looks really confused, asks us twice if we're sure, and then finally steps up. We place our order after him and take a seat to wait for it. When my fiance got up to pay, the cashier looked at us and went, "Uh, the guy in front of you paid for your order." It was really nice to be able to use that money for gas instead.

/isn't it the Jews that have the idea that the most valuable good deed you can do for someone is one that can never be paid back?
 
2013-12-28 06:54:55 AM

Peki: I think it's awesome.

CSS (but not Starbucks): The fiance and I went to Western Bagel to indulge a little. We were laughing and having a good time, when a guy walks up behind us. We notice him, and immediately step aside: we'd been joking so much we hadn't yet considered what to order, and we weren't about to hold up the line. The guy looks really confused, asks us twice if we're sure, and then finally steps up. We place our order after him and take a seat to wait for it. When my fiance got up to pay, the cashier looked at us and went, "Uh, the guy in front of you paid for your order." It was really nice to be able to use that money for gas instead.

/isn't it the Jews that have the idea that the most valuable good deed you can do for someone is one that can never be paid back?


Is that because the interest rate is so high?
 
2013-12-28 07:04:05 AM

Three Crooked Squirrels: I don't get the logistics of this. How do you pay for someone who hasn't ordered yet?


They don't say explicitly in TFA, but I think it is in the drive-through. By the time you get to the window, the order from the next car is in.

What is at least implied in the article is you order a regular medium coffee with no frills that costs maybe $2.25 and the mini-van behind you has 4 giant milk/espresso drinks that comes to $15 and you are "happily" paying that?
 
2013-12-28 07:05:48 AM

namatad: KarmicDisaster: What is the point of doing this? One person pays for the next person to get it started then 1000 other people feel bad and don't want to break the chain? All for one coffee?  Am I just old or is this stupid?

It's stupid.
You only had to pay for one coffee, so paying for the person behind you, after someone already paid for yours = zero effort. you are out pretty much exactly the same amount that you would have been.

You really want to impress me? Pay for the next 2x. Bweahahahahahahaa


According to the article, some people paid considerably more than what they ordered.
 
2013-12-28 07:07:50 AM

fusillade762: namatad: KarmicDisaster: What is the point of doing this? One person pays for the next person to get it started then 1000 other people feel bad and don't want to break the chain? All for one coffee?  Am I just old or is this stupid?

It's stupid.

Thirded.


fourthed.  Can we keep this going to a thousand?

/"I'd like to buy everybody in the bar a drink.  And make it a big one so everyone can get a sip!"
 
2013-12-28 07:08:12 AM

robohobo: Peki: I think it's awesome.

CSS (but not Starbucks): The fiance and I went to Western Bagel to indulge a little. We were laughing and having a good time, when a guy walks up behind us. We notice him, and immediately step aside: we'd been joking so much we hadn't yet considered what to order, and we weren't about to hold up the line. The guy looks really confused, asks us twice if we're sure, and then finally steps up. We place our order after him and take a seat to wait for it. When my fiance got up to pay, the cashier looked at us and went, "Uh, the guy in front of you paid for your order." It was really nice to be able to use that money for gas instead.

/isn't it the Jews that have the idea that the most valuable good deed you can do for someone is one that can never be paid back?

Is that because the interest rate is so high?


Never fails that the people I have highlighted in road cone orange say the most tasteless shiat.
 
GBB
2013-12-28 07:27:46 AM
It's not "Paying it Forward".
It's "Skipping it Forward"

If someone says, "Hey, let me buy that for you." and you say sure, then pay for the person behind you, then technically, you paid for your own and the person in front just paid for the person behind you.
Or, in other terms, you just turned your nose up at generosity by refusing to let someone comp you your coffee.

This is stupid.

And what will people think of the guy that finally drains the charity account?
 
2013-12-28 07:29:04 AM
yes I'll take 5 frappuccinos, 5 sandwiches, 5 bags of coffee and 5 to-go mugs.
 
GBB
2013-12-28 07:31:53 AM

namatad: KarmicDisaster: What is the point of doing this? One person pays for the next person to get it started then 1000 other people feel bad and don't want to break the chain? All for one coffee?  Am I just old or is this stupid?

It's stupid.
You only had to pay for one coffee, so paying for the person behind you, after someone already paid for yours = zero effort. you are out pretty much exactly the same amount that you would have been.

You really want to impress me? Pay for the next 2x. Bweahahahahahahaa


I'd be impressed if they actually followed the premise of the movie "Pay if Forward" and after someone bought them their coffee, they paid for someone else's groceries or gas or something.  Or, I don't know, find someone truly in need and take them out to lunch.
 
GBB
2013-12-28 07:35:02 AM

Unobtanium: Three Crooked Squirrels: I don't get the logistics of this. How do you pay for someone who hasn't ordered yet?

They don't say explicitly in TFA, but I think it is in the drive-through. By the time you get to the window, the order from the next car is in.

What is at least implied in the article is you order a regular medium coffee with no frills that costs maybe $2.25 and the mini-van behind you has 4 giant milk/espresso drinks that comes to $15 and you are "happily" paying that?


The way it should work is that when you get to the speakerbox, you ask how much the person's order in front of you was, then tell them that you will pay it for them.  I've never been to an AddictsBucks, but I'm assuming that there's a buffer between where you order and where you pay.
 
2013-12-28 07:44:07 AM

Mr. Right: fusillade762: namatad: KarmicDisaster: What is the point of doing this? One person pays for the next person to get it started then 1000 other people feel bad and don't want to break the chain? All for one coffee?  Am I just old or is this stupid?

It's stupid.

Thirded.

fourthed.  Can we keep this going to a thousand?

/"I'd like to buy everybody in the bar a drink.  And make it a big one so everyone can get a sip!"


So, know how I know Fark is full of d*cks? If you don't get why this is a good thing no one will be able to explain it to you.
 
2013-12-28 07:49:17 AM
I'm ordering everything on the farking menu if the idiot in front of me is paying for it.
 
GBB
2013-12-28 07:51:01 AM
It's like that Take-a-Penny, Leave-a-Penny tray.  Since I didn't use it, I just payed it forward to the next person in line.   I'm such a humanitarian that way.

And I'm so chivalrous.  When I'm exiting a crowded movie theater in a steady stream of patrons, I hold the door open for the person behind me by simply reaching out and lightly touching it.
 
2013-12-28 07:52:06 AM
Mass OCD
 
2013-12-28 07:56:04 AM

lordluzr: So, know how I know Fark is full of d*cks? If you don't get why this is a good thing no one will be able to explain it to you.


So, know how I know lordluzr is a moron?  If you don't get why this is completely idiotic, no one will be able to explain it to you.

If you take a bucket of water out of one end of the pool and pour it into the other end, you're not filling the pool.

If you just got a free coffee and then pay for the next guy's coffee, that's not charity; it's not paying it forward.  The first guy in line did a charitable act.  Everybody else is filling the pool out of the pool.
 
2013-12-28 08:01:49 AM
I'm not sure where it's done, somewhere in Europe, maybe, but about a month ago I read about people buying, in addition to their regular coffee, a second "reserve" cup. What made it great is that people who couldn't afford a cup would come in and ask if there were any reserve cups, and if someone had bought one, they would get a free cup of coffee.

Now, I expect all those who hate the moocher class will see this as a horrible idea, but I think it's pretty neat way of buying some homeless stranger a cup of coffee.
 
2013-12-28 08:38:51 AM

SlothB77: yes I'll take 5 frappuccinos, 5 sandwiches, 5 bags of coffee and 5 to-go mugs.


Leave to the conservative to f it up for everyone.
 
2013-12-28 08:43:25 AM

Mr. Right: If you take a bucket of water out of one end of the pool and pour it into the other end, you're not filling the pool.


That's not the problem. It has nothing to do with the economics of it.

The problem is with no oversight or quality control it runs the risk of abuse. People will quickly figure it out and game the system. They will come back on the next day if the promotion is still on and order more extravagant meals in exchange for buying some other stranger's coffee. May even do it multiple times a day. They'll get $30-$40 worth of free stuff for just a token contribution.

This is why contracts and laws are written in the first place: Because humans can not be trusted, and any honor system that looks like a worthy endeavor on its surface is subject to exploitation. Especially if there are no consequences.
 
2013-12-28 08:53:46 AM

Mr. Right: fusillade762: namatad: KarmicDisaster: What is the point of doing this? One person pays for the next person to get it started then 1000 other people feel bad and don't want to break the chain? All for one coffee?  Am I just old or is this stupid?

It's stupid.

Thirded.

fourthed.  Can we keep this going to a thousand?

/"I'd like to buy everybody in the bar a drink.  And make it a big one so everyone can get a sip!"


Quinted

You old or them stupid?  Why not both?
 
2013-12-28 09:07:33 AM
Christmas eve i bought a coffee at the dunkin donuts drive thru. i have the girl a twenty and told her to pay for as many people after me as the change lasted. no idea if i started a chain don't really care.

/ not a particularly csb
// more of just a sb
 
2013-12-28 09:31:12 AM
You really want to impress - pay it forward at the Salvation Army store, or the Goodwill store.

Paying forward at the Starbucks makes as much sense as paying it forward at the Apple Store
 
2013-12-28 09:33:24 AM
After reading that article, I realized that I was so smug that my lips are actually sewn to my own anus. Also, I just choked in my own feces.
 
2013-12-28 09:44:06 AM
This is a good thing.
It makes stupid people feel happy.
They are much easier to deal with when they are happy than when they are angry.
I just started a  ''flush it forward " campaign in the men's room at my local Walmart.
 
2013-12-28 09:50:00 AM

HighlanderRPI: You really want to impress - pay it forward at the Salvation Army store, or the Goodwill store.

Paying forward at the Starbucks makes as much sense as paying it forward at the Apple Store


One won't help people without a heavy dose of Jesus, the other exploits people with disabilities for cheap labor.

Now, the Habitat for Humanity Refurb store... that I'll do.
 
2013-12-28 09:54:11 AM

jmsvrsn: I just started a ''flush it forward " campaign in the men's room at my local Walmart.


I'm pretty sure men's rooms everywhere have had that policy for years.
 
GBB
2013-12-28 10:10:08 AM

physt: SlothB77: yes I'll take 5 frappuccinos, 5 sandwiches, 5 bags of coffee and 5 to-go mugs.

Leave to the conservative to f it up for everyone.


One does not become rich from spending ones own money.
 
2013-12-28 10:42:58 AM

Rhino_man: robohobo: Peki: I think it's awesome.

CSS (but not Starbucks): The fiance and I went to Western Bagel to indulge a little. We were laughing and having a good time, when a guy walks up behind us. We notice him, and immediately step aside: we'd been joking so much we hadn't yet considered what to order, and we weren't about to hold up the line. The guy looks really confused, asks us twice if we're sure, and then finally steps up. We place our order after him and take a seat to wait for it. When my fiance got up to pay, the cashier looked at us and went, "Uh, the guy in front of you paid for your order." It was really nice to be able to use that money for gas instead.

/isn't it the Jews that have the idea that the most valuable good deed you can do for someone is one that can never be paid back?

Is that because the interest rate is so high?

Never fails that the people I have highlighted in road cone orange say the most tasteless shiat.


Lighten up Anne Frank.
 
2013-12-28 11:00:43 AM

Three Crooked Squirrels: I don't get the logistics of this. How do you pay for someone who hasn't ordered yet?


I'd imagine they waited to pay, but TFA says that they also opened up a gift card for folks to contribute to in case there was nobody behind them in line at the time.
 
2013-12-28 11:03:01 AM
I don't get the hate bein spewed here or in the article's comments ( for the most part)

this isn't a charity service, like donations, this is about being nice to a stranger and making someone else feel good about the world.

a person in the article's comments summed it up rather well: it's akin to holding the door open for a stranger. it's a nice thing to do is all.
 
2013-12-28 11:38:01 AM
now we will have a few jerks come in and get free coffee.  The horror
 
2013-12-28 11:40:19 AM

Silentbob768768: Christmas eve i bought a coffee at the dunkin donuts drive thru. i have the girl a twenty and told her to pay for as many people after me as the change lasted. no idea if i started a chain don't really care.

/ not a particularly csb
// more of just a sb


I'm sure she appreciated the $18 tip
 
2013-12-28 11:42:19 AM
Crazy socialists.
 
2013-12-28 11:42:21 AM

kkinnison: now we will have a few jerks come in and get free coffee.  The horror


Yeah, the whole idea is nothing but a test to find the biggest douchebag. The carry forward process continues, taking up staff time and not saving anyone a dime, until the douchebag finally comes in and ends it by keeping the money, much to the relief of the staff I'm sure.
 
2013-12-28 12:18:41 PM
Ok, it's a little too cheesy for the hard-bitten basement dwellers of Fark, but this is cool.

No, it ain't "refilling the pool," or "buying your own and passing along the free one." That would only be true if the buckets, or orders, were all the same size/price. And even then, I'd say it was less "true" than merely a cynical perspective.

But hey, you're not a True Farker (tm) without a cynical perspective and a macro for the welcometofark.jpg.
 
2013-12-28 12:47:46 PM
That movie sucked. I wish they'd get inspiration from Caligula or brazzers
 
2013-12-28 12:57:05 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Silentbob768768: Christmas eve i bought a coffee at the dunkin donuts drive thru. i have the girl a twenty and told her to pay for as many people after me as the change lasted. no idea if i started a chain don't really care.

/ not a particularly csb
// more of just a sb

I'm sure she appreciated the $18 tip


I'm fine with that too
 
2013-12-28 01:16:04 PM
Sooo .. you're still buying expensive over-roasted coffee ..

/isn't that sweet
//or, herd-like
 
2013-12-28 06:30:20 PM

lordluzr: Mr. Right: fusillade762: namatad: KarmicDisaster: What is the point of doing this? One person pays for the next person to get it started then 1000 other people feel bad and don't want to break the chain? All for one coffee?  Am I just old or is this stupid?

It's stupid.

Thirded.

fourthed.  Can we keep this going to a thousand?

/"I'd like to buy everybody in the bar a drink.  And make it a big one so everyone can get a sip!"

So, know how I know Fark is full of d*cks? If you don't get why this is a good thing no one will be able to explain it to you.


You could try explaining to me how the end result of this is any different than if everyone just paid for their own coffee.
 
2013-12-28 06:53:36 PM

fusillade762: lordluzr: Mr. Right: fusillade762: namatad: KarmicDisaster: What is the point of doing this? One person pays for the next person to get it started then 1000 other people feel bad and don't want to break the chain? All for one coffee?  Am I just old or is this stupid?

It's stupid.

Thirded.

fourthed.  Can we keep this going to a thousand?

/"I'd like to buy everybody in the bar a drink.  And make it a big one so everyone can get a sip!"

So, know how I know Fark is full of d*cks? If you don't get why this is a good thing no one will be able to explain it to you.

You could try explaining to me how the end result of this is any different than if everyone just paid for their own coffee.


In the end...the first guy was nice and bought the last guy his coffee...everyone in the middle just prolongs it
 
2013-12-28 07:20:51 PM
I'm tempted to go there and just order a couple of cups of coffee.  Then I'd give away the coffee.
 
2013-12-28 10:24:05 PM
Anonymous is better.
Need-based is better.
People are not getting in line for coffee despite not having the money.
This is just a waste of effort.
 
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