View Poll Results: Have you ever paid for a strangers meal or drink

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    Re: Have you ever paid for a strangers meal?

    Quote Originally Posted by herenow1 View Post
    It's not friends saying "hey I paid for a strangers meal", it's "the guy ahead of me at the drive thru just paid for my meal"
    That's fine, but that strikes me as someone saying "hey look, I got something free" - there's already enough of that "what's in it for me" stuff. But to each their own - if it encourages them to help someone else, it's all good.
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    Re: Have you ever paid for a strangers meal?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I'm not big on any fad activity and if it's on Facebook I'm not interested, but I have quite often paid for meals for homeless or destitute people. I often see one poor gentleman when I'm at McDonald's for my morning coffee and I'll pass him a $10 to get some breakfast and some coffee to start his day off and some change for later. I do it surreptitiously so as not to embarrass him, because although he is outwardly quite needy appearing, he is also a man of some integrity and pride as well and I respect that.

    I also used to do a similar thing for a homeless woman who used to hang out in the shopping mall near where I worked and was often around the Second Cup where I frequently got coffee - I would give the servers money for her to pick out whatever beverage and sweets or sandwiches she wanted and had them simply say someone has paid for her. She never knew I did it, which made it that much more rewarding.

    These are small things but not all thoughtful gestures need to be grandiose or advertised on Facebook or in the news. Just do it for yourself and a person you feel needs a little help along the way.
    Very well said, CJ, and kudos for your thoughtfulness! Karma rewards the anonymous giver, so we're told, because if you've done charitable work and received public acclaim, you have already received your "reward" in fleeting acclaim. Karma always gives more than one would expect to receive, too!

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    Re: Have you ever paid for a strangers meal?

    Yes. I give whenever I can. I take "I am my brothers keeper" very seriously.
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    Re: Have you ever paid for a strangers meal?

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    I suggest trying to never let anyone in the USA die of hunger, no matter what anyone on the right thinks.
    Shrug, if your not interested in taking care of yourself, then why should I have to? Like I said before I have no problem helping those who are trying, but if you dont then neither should I.

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    Re: Have you ever paid for a strangers meal?

    I have bought homeless people food in the past, although the number of times they refuse actual food and get mad because you won't give them cash because they want beer and drugs means I don't do that anymore. You want food, I'm happy to help. Otherwise, no.
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    Re: Have you ever paid for a strangers meal?

    Quote Originally Posted by herenow1 View Post
    Over the past year or so I've seen several Facebook posts about someone in the drive thru paying for their meal, or someone at Starbucks paying for their coffee. A pay it forward type deal if you will. Have you ever randomly paid for someone's meal or drink? If so, why? I think it's neat.


    Paid for a strangers meal? Plenty of times. I even bought one of them a house and never saw her again afterward.

    On balance, the cost of the house was worth the result.
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