378 people 'pay it forward' at Fla. Starbucks

Starbucks is opening its first store in Bogota, Colombia, the first of 50 the company plans to open in the next five years. (Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/21 7:07 am

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida.

She ordered an iced coffee around 7 a.m. Thursday in St. Petersburg and asked to pay for the caramel macchiato for the stranger in the car behind her. He returned the favor. The chain kept going as employees began keeping count.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the chain finally ended around 6 p.m. when customer No. 379 pulled up and ordered a regular coffee. Barista Vu Nguyen leaned out the window and explained the chain that started earlier in the day, asking if she'd like to participate. She declined, saying she only wanted to pay for her coffee.

Nguyen says he doesn't believe she understood the concept of paying it forward.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

 

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