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    Have you ever paid for a strangers meal?

    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.

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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.
    I was in an airport a couple years ago going back to New Haven for my 30th college reunion. I was buying some gum and other stuff at one the airport stores and a lady in a staff sgt's uniform was next to me in line and we were talking while waiting and she noted she was home visiting her kids but was now on her way back to Afghanistan. She had a bottle of water and a candy bar and I told the cashier to include her stuff with my purchases,

    I was in my favorite gun store a year later and a guy home from the front was looking at a knife-a knife that a friend of mine designed and which is popular among cops in our area. I didn't know the soldier but I knew he had been over in Afghanistan for a year or so and was going back so I told one of my friends behind the counter to give the guy the knife and I'd take care of the cost. The store did and only charged me the wholesale on it rather than the retail



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    Re: Have you ever paid for a strangers meal?

    Countless times on a few continents.

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    Re: Have you ever paid for a strangers meal?

    Sort of. A woman in front of me fell short $15 at the register, so I covered her because I felt bad. That woman eventually came to be a good friend of mine.

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    Re: Have you ever paid for a strangers meal?

    dammit I don't have money, but if it counts, I told my dad to help this lady who went insane on the sidewalks of Brazil so we bought her some food and then gave her a tiny sum of money for a snack afterwards. Poor woman was talking to herself loudly and was laughing at random times, she was starving.
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    Re: Have you ever paid for a strangers meal?

    I think the most notable time I bought complete strangers a drink was when I bought a round of beers for the house at a little dive bar called the Knotty Pine on a Sunday morning.

    This couple who was hanging out playing pool came up to the bar to thank me for the beer. We struck up a conversation in which they mentioned that they were new to the area and didn't know anyone around here. The Jeep plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin had to lay off a bunch of people, but they offered some of the people who got laid off a job at the Jeep plant here in Toledo, Ohio. So they relocated here, to a city where they didn't know anyone.

    Fast forward. We have been good friends for over 20 years. Just because I bought them a drink. A couple of beers is a small price to pay to gain a couple of lifelong friends.

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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.
    I have done so a number of times. An example was, when I was taking a taxi from the hotel in Berlin in search of dinner I asked the driver, he was an architect that was not allowed to work in his specialty as it turned out, where he came from. He was Persian so I asked, where I could get a good Persian meal. I then persuaded him to come along and show me what was good. This turned out to be an interesting evening and I have repeated it.

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    Re: Have you ever paid for a strangers meal?

    I pay for a stranger's meal every week when I get taxed.

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    Re: Have you ever paid for a strangers meal?

    A couple times I've paid for homeless people's meals both here and when I visited my girlfriend in NYC
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    Re: Have you ever paid for a strangers meal?

    I've paid for people's meals several times in Africa and here too in the UK, I have to say I've also had it done for me in the most surprising of places too.

    Sometimes when visiting very poor and humble villagers homes I've been given a meal which I knew was meant to last them a couple of days and I always made sure to return the favour by buying sacks of grain in return. I know from experience and living there that these people did it because of local custom and did it without expecting reward because that would be what they did for any guest.

    The idea that it's only wealthy people paying for the homeless or beggars meals is not the correct picture.

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