A woman who said she was inspired by acts of kindness she witnessed on social media and elsewhere in the nation decided to pay some kindness forward at the Starbucks in Clemson.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she started off by placing an order and telling the barista she also wanted to pay for a coffee for the next person in line too.
"So the next person pulls up and either says ‘cool, free coffee' or they can continue the chain of generosity by accepting the free coffee, but paying for the next person in line," the anonymous benefactor said. "This can go on and on until someone decides to just enjoy a cup of coffee paid for by a kind stranger. And that's fine too."
After being inspired by reading about a similar story in Florida, the woman headed for the Starbucks on US 123 on Saturday.
I personally don't drink coffee, but I felt that it was important to start up another chain of smiles," she said.
The woman said she wanted to challenge everyone to start a chain of kindness of their own.
"It's not about Starbucks or free coffee," she said. "It's a kind gesture that for most people, and doesn't cost them any more than buying their own coffee on any normal day. People often do this at toll booths too, and it pre-dates Starbucks."
"A smile costs nothing and could make someone's day," the generous stranger said. "Maybe even your own."
Watch video of the pay it forward chain in action here.
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