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The Coffee Shop Where Customers Pay for Each Others' Drinks

Two years ago, a woman walked into the Corner Perk coffee shop in Bluffton, South Carolina and paid for a cup of coffee with a hundred dollar bill. She asked the barista to use the change to pay for other people's orders as they came in. This surprising act of generosity to strangers spun into a cycle of giving:

"People will come in and say, “What do you mean? I don't understand. Are you trying to buy me a coffee today?” And I say,” No, somebody came in 30 minutes ago and left money to pay for drinks until it runs out,” The Corner Perk owner Josh Cooke said.

It kicked off two years ago with an average-joe customer who left the first one hundred dollar bill.

"It's someone that just has a kind heart and wants that to generate in this area,’ Cooke said of the anonymous donor.

She got what she wanted -- not just customers, but strangers who heard what was happening started paying for people who follow.

"He said I want to do that, too. He just gave me the hundred dollars and left. He didn't even get anything,” Corner Perk’s Sara Clemmons said.

None leaves their name, only their money and a feeling of inspiration jolting this community.


Link -via Adrienne Crezo | Photo (unrelated) by Flickr user The Marmot | Cafe Website

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I don't think we need to start asking for a run down on how much the need is before we give to something. Giving is giving and if you have enough I don't see the problem with what's going on at this coffee shop. Things like this get me through life. You never know how much a simple gesture like a free cup of coffee is going to effect someone, regardless of how much money they may have.
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Any act of kindness no matter how small makes the world a better place and should be praised. If everyone did one nice thing for someone else every day or at least attempted to be considerate of others then life would be better for everyone. Just imagine a day where noone stole your lunch out of the office fridge, didn't fart in the elevator, parked far enough from your driver-side door so that you didn't have to crawl through your sunroof to get in, didn't cut in line or offered you that nickel you needed at the checkout line so you didn't have to break a $50 to by a pack of gum.

I get the feeling from Jacque's comments that she is probably needy and what she means is that we should be giving her handouts instead of being the weathly indulgent fatcats enjoying our rich exotic coffee made with the tears of the innocent.
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Jacque is saying it's a placebo effect. You get to feel good about something without actually doing anything meaningful.
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