400 people in a row all “paid it forward” by paying for the order of the person following them in Starbucks – until the chain was broken by one person paying for their own order.
A random act of kindness was on its way to being a world record in St Petersburg, Florida after one woman offered to pay for the coffee of the person behind her. The spontaneous act was repeated over and over , as nearly 400 joined the chain, all paying for the drinks of the person next in line.
The chain continued for 11 hours at the Starbucks drive-through window until customer 379 decided not to participate, preferring to pay for her own coffee, rather than a stranger’s. According to the barista, 29 year-old Vu Nguyen, the woman failed to understand the concept of “paying it forward.”
The current record for a chain of this nature was set in a different Starbucks, when 900 people bought a drink for another person. However, St Petersburg are happy with second place. 19 year-old Tim Burnside, who participated twice, said: “It’s nice just to do a random act of kindness for someone you don’t know.”