Why you should always be nice to your barista …

“Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

One day, in the not so distant past, I was running exceptionally late for an appointment …I had, literally, about four minutes to spare … I parked my car … jumped out … walked as fast as I could (I was wearing heels or else I would have been running) … threw open the glass door to the happiest place on Earth (yes, Starbucks) … strolled up to the counter … ordered my drink from friendly barista #1 … and then, handed friendly barista #2 my Starbucks Card … and then, from the mouth of friendly barista #2 …

“You owe an additional $2.32.”

“Say what? Not possible. I have a card … a Gold card … it can’t be (screaming inside my head ensues) empty? … Well, OK then (breathe lady BREATHE), I guess never mind … sorry, I only brought my card in, I can go back to the car.”

Friendly barista #1 hands me my drink anyway:“It’s OK. It’s made—there’s no reason to throw it away when you can have it.” He smiles.

Friendly barista #2: “No worries—you come in here everyday (yes, I do – it’s my vice – in more ways than one).” I smile. I breathe. I vow to return the favor the next day to some other unorganized soul not unlike myself.

Today’s post inspired by the Daily Prompt: “Vice.”

49 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheryl says:

    A little kindness goes a long way, now that baristas’ kindness to you has been read by many others. Next time they are out and about there is a better chance they will do something nice just to make someone’s day a little better.

  2. rh15216 says:

    I do like it when the barista’s acknowledge you’re a repeat customer!

  3. Becky says:

    Really very nice of them! Makes you want to Pay It Forward. Following you back.

  4. BresBaubles says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, I'm now following you too! I love the Pay it Forward concept, we should all do these things and treat others this way

  5. WOW That is GREAT! Following you back now! Thanks for stopping by :)

  6. meandmom says:

    My daughter and I have a blog, Says Me Says Mom, with a small but growing following of about 115 followers. A woman I know because she had the c-section after mine the day my younger daughter was born, has a blog with a lot more followers than we have. She let me write an article for her blog. I consider that paying it forward giving me the opportunity to write for more people than I have ever had the chance to write for before.

    I am a new GFC follower: Jeryl


  7. Anna says:

    Very pretty post. I am now following you, and YAY for being born in Seattle! :D


  8. Thanks for following me. I'm following you now. Great blog.

  9. geschumann says:

    People have given us coupons & other small things. There has been a large thing also. Someone paid for our daughter's braces because we couldn't afford it. So totally selfless. It was anonymous. So grateful. Gloria

  10. AliyaPM says:

    That's so nice!
    My mom is a Starbucks addict. She's in there pretty much every day. She's friends with the people who work there. It's gotten to the point that she actually goes out to lunch with them. They're all very nice people and know me and my sisters pretty well at this point, too. Just because of my mom. They give us a lot of free drinks. :)

  11. Janelle says:

    Congratulations on the publication of The Caretakers, Shauna!
    This post is delightful. I too, was the recipient of a surprise (new Frappachino flavor) drink along with a friend at Starbucks when the Barrista was busy & there weren't any samples! Rather than the cute mini cups they serve for this purpose, he came to our table with two of the largest size they make & thanked us for being so patient while waiting in line! Made our day, we've gotten a big kick out of doing the same for others, it's infectious!
    Best wishes and thanks for the opportunity to win this fantabulous giveaway!
    Chanticlear1 (AT) gmail(DOT) com

  12. ML says:

    Great post! It's so nice to hear of something like this. Thank you for sharing.

  13. In college, we had hug days.. where we'd just give hugs to people.

  14. Love this! What a fantastic moment to have in your day. :) I like to Pay it forward, as well. Great stuff and hope you helped make someone else's day already!

  15. Alexandria says:

    LOVE Starbucks and I understand the addiction! That's so nice of them and I'll definitely be paying it forward soon :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Thanks for letting me know that you stopped by my blog. I am now following you. Starbucks has given me 2 drinks for free. They accidentally didn't charge me. When I tried to pay for them the next time, they wouldn't let me and said it was okay. Love Starbucks!

  17. Belly Charms says:

    Awesome!!!! and I am following you back too. Have a great weekend and a nice cup of coffee:)

  18. Sherry says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I've done this for people when I worked in a store and I've been given drinks too. It's always a nice surprise.
    GFC follower – Sherry S.

    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  19. Slamdunk says:

    Sounds like you could ignite a good deed revolution.

    Not experienced a pay-it-forward, but was happy when I took the little ones bowling today and the guy did not charge us up front–seeing that the youngest was undecided whether his first bowl would be today or he would run from the establishment screaming.

  20. Amanda says:

    My husband and I love Starbucks! The store by our house starts his drink when we pull into the parking lot (his addiction is greater than mine). The Pay it Forward is great! One Christmas Eve we were coming home from a family members house and got a flat tire. Someone stopped and helped us in the middle of the night with pouring rain. They were so nice and all they said when we offered to pay was stop the next time we see someone else in trouble and we did! It felt GREAT!

  21. Isn't it a great feeling to Pay it Forward? Good for you! I'm a new follower now and looking forward to reading more.

  22. I'm still trying to figure out what a barista is…LOL…small town WY girl here. No Starbucks near me but…I loved this vivid post and the spontaneity of how you felt the urge to spread the kind gesture forward. I pay it forward when I can and where I can and as often as I can.
    Thanks for stopping by Grandma Sez So (and hope you vote daily for the Bunny Hip hop) Maybe if I win that…I can pay some forward…somehow.

  23. Taffy says:

    This is an awesome story! And now I'm a follower :)

  24. Nice story! Yes, I've had people bless me just because and I've had the opportunity to do the same for others. It's a great feeling.

  25. Hi Shauna,
    I love reading inspiring posts like this. :) Thanks for stopping by J4C Home… I'm now following you too.
    Have a great day,

  26. Julee says:

    I love this. Paying it forward has so many benefits–and not just for the recipient! It's a beautiful thing!

    Thanks for stopping by Mommy's Memorandum. I'm Paying it Forward now! ;)

  27. Katie says:

    Nice story :-)

    I've had a lot of writers pay it forward with me over the last couple of years. I am trying to do the same!

  28. Henrietta says:

    MMM Starbucks=heaven :)

    That was so nice of them to offer that bit of kindness, it makes the heart smile! Here following you back thanks so much for stopping by ahensnest!

  29. kisatrtle says:

    Running in heels…that seems unwise. Tfs

  30. Terra H. says:

    I've never stepped inside a Starbucks but I think it was mighty kind of the barista to help you out that day. It's even kinder that you're going to Pay It Forward.

  31. Jack Foster says:

    Great post Shauna! Love it :o) Hey congrats on your first book! So exciting! Thanks for the follow…I’m your latest now :o)

  32. Judy says:

    I think more businesses should operate like that and we should think about doing things like that, usually so far behind in my time I barely know I am there:)

  33. Amanda T says:

    That's awesome :) They were so nice! I had a similar situation. I went to the grocery store, and the woman in front of me had an entire cart full of grocers, and I had about 5 or 6. She told me to go ahead, and I thanked her, and went ahead. The cashier started ringing out my stuff and when he was done the woman told me to go on, and that she would pay for it. I insisted she didn't but she wouldn't take no for an answer. I had never experienced anything like that before. It was amazing :)))!

    Just wanted to stop by and let you know that I am following back from the Wobble Over Wednesday Hop! Thank you for joining in this week, and I hope you can stop by next week too! :)

  34. Cori Ann says:

    Thanks for joining my blog, I really appreciate it. I'm new to blogging and the more friends the better.
    Once I was on the receiving end of random kindness. It was in the chik fil a drive thru. I ordered, pulled up and began to hand them money when they told me that the car in front of me already paid for my order. I was speechless. I told the cashier that it must be a mistake because I don't know them and they must think I am somebody else. Young cashier person just smiled and said, ” You don't owe anything because they wanted to pay for your order.” I just drove off, amazed and greatful. My daughters witnessed the whole thing, what a great lesson on how random kindness can completely bring joy to someone.

  35. MiMi says:

    That is SO cool! I have had someone do this for me and it always surprises me to no end!!

  36. Erika says:

    That's wonderful! What great service and how awesome of you to pass it on!
    Thanks for linking up with my Not Going to BlogHer Linky! Have a fabulous day!

  37. supernoz says:

    Well written – Starbucks is a pretty happy place to visit!

  38. Nina Kozak says:

    Neat post! I wasn't expecting such a useful post because some people share only random useless ramblings in they're blog. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Sammy Destin says:

    I'm glad to say that this has happened to me several times because I watched the movie Pay it Forward and was blown away by the truth in it.

    Last month I had the free birthday card from Starbucks in which you can have a free drink any size or two of the small sizes…so every time I get that in the mail, I get the tall size for free and ask who wants my second tall iced caramel macchiato!

    Pretty Sweet!

  40. Tracy says:

    Several years ago, I had a total stranger hand me $20 in a grocery line with a simple, “Here. I felt like you needed to have this.” Then, just last month, I had the opportunity to do the same thing. A Mexican woman who did not speak English was in front of me in a Walmart line. Her credit card wouldn't work, and she was $20 short of the cash for her purchase. The cashier was really put out. But when I offered to pay the difference, I was struck by the power of just $20. It was amazing how the mood in everyone shifted. Great post!

  41. Lily says:

    :D wow I love that! People tend to forget to pay it forward…great post to remind people that if good happens to you, show thanks by doing good to something or someone else.

  42. Carrie M says:

    So true.

    I love the energy that comes from paying it forward…so positive and inspiring!

    I have a big family and it's always best to see each other doing great things for one self and for each other.

    It's easy to beautify life :]

  43. Thanks so much for the follow! I'm following you now too and hope you have a wonderful day!

    By the way, if you're interested, I host the Be-Bop-A Blog Hop on Wednesdays. Hope you'll stop by!

  44. YES!! It was awesome… an older lady bought our dinner for us because the kids reminded her of her own grandchildren!! I think of that often and have paid it forward several times and will continue to do so!!! It is such a great feeling!!

  45. Jill Nail says:

    Hello. Thanks for sharing this. I was wondering what post would be up today. Interesting. I was given a free drink by them as well but never thought of paying it forward.

  46. Eliza says:

    Great post! My husband and I both read it and smiled. Thank you.

  47. Susie says:

    I love these kinds of stories! They're what makes the world beautiful.

    Thanks for the post!

  48. Meghan says:

    This is a lovely post. I must admit there's not a day that goes by where I don't have my Starbucks. (Latte…Cake pops…YUM!)
    I've always known and loved the idea of pay it forward…got it from the movie ;) If you haven't already watched it, I suggest you do :D
    That was cool what you did or going to do and the quote I couldn't agree with more. Have a great summer hun :) Gotta go now…my baby brother and sister are dying to be tossed in a pool XD


  49. Dorine White says:

    HI, love the pay it forward. Here to follow you back!

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