It’s 8:30 a.m. and you’re sitting in line at your favorite coffee joint. You’re reflecting on your seemingly perfect morning, and THE question pops in your head, ” Should I pay it forward today? YES!” As you get closer to ordering, a wave of doubt washes over you about your good intention to pay it forward. “What if I tell the barista I want to pay for the car behind me, and she tells me that their order is $57? F$%K! My husband will flip shit if he finds out I spent $57 on coffee in ONE morning, that’s like my coffee budget for the month. Never mind. I’ll just do it when I get my quarterly bonus.” As you pull up to the ordering screen, “I’ll have a large a mocha latte.” The barista asks, ” Is that all?” No, do you have anything that will make me feel better for being a tight-wad?
A friend and I had this conversation, and despite the hilarity that ensued about such a scenario, the question still remains… What do you do? Tell the barista “never mind”, or do you continue asking the dollar amounts of all the cars behind you until you find an order that your bank account (and husband) won’t have a complete fit over? Tell me what you would do?
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