A small act of kindness can go a long, long way — and, many times, it’s the simple things that make the biggest impact.
Case in point: A kind individual at a Starbucks drive-thru near Reno, Nevada, who decided to surprise the person in the vehicle behind him or her on Thursday morning by paying for that person’s coffee.
A simple act of kindness? Sure. But it ended up having a major impact, sparking a chain reaction in which 119 other people did the same exact thing for the car behind them, KRNV-TV reported.
Nicole Dutra, who manages the Starbucks location, said the first kind gesture began at 7:15 a.m. and continued on for three hours, with the people participating holding up signs and taking photos indicating they were “pay it forward” customers.
Dutra said she hadn’t seen a streak of goodness quite like it over her five-year career managing the store.
“50 drive thru customers Paying it Forward so far this morning!” she wrote on her Instagram page on Thursday as the good deeds just kept on flowing. “Amazing spirit and kindness!”
Before Dutra knew it, she was sharing photos of the 60th, 75th and 100th customers who were doing the same, writing in a separate Instagram description that the good deeds offered up an “amazing experience” for customers and staff, alike.
And it appears those involved agreed with that assessment. Instagram user Thelanfairs commented, “This was such an amazing blessing to be a part of.”
This is hardly the first time acts of paying it forward have made the news, though it’s notable considering just how many people jumped in to participate.
Plus: it comes a bit earlier than usual, as these sorts of stories about layaway angels and other such acts of kindness are generally more routine during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.
Either way, we’ll take it!