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Almost 400 People ‘Pay It Forward’ At Starbucks

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBS Tampa/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. Wednesday 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.

“It makes your day better, I think,” customer Lexie Kane told the Tampa Bay Times.

The newspaper reported that Tim Burnside visited in the morning and went back later in the day to see if it was still going on.  It was, so Burnside decided to pay it forward again by ordering another tea.

“It’s nice just to do a random act of of kindness for someone you don’t know,” he told the Tampa Bay Times.

The chain finally ended around 6 p.m. when customer number 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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