This morning I went to a coffee shop on the northeast side of Austin called Java Dive to get some work done. I needed to catch up on my email inbox and work on a few short videos for upcoming posts. I put "Starbucks" in my GPS but when I showed up at the coffee shop the sign said "Java Dive." Turns out it was just like Starbucks but with a different color scheme. I was there mostly for the internet connection so I wasn't disappointed.
On a typical morning I make coffee in our fifth wheel in my Cuisinart coffee maker. This morning was no different. When I showed up at Jave Dive, I already had a full tumbler of coffee in-hand.
I thought it would be fun to buy someone else a drink and didn't think the establishment would want me using the internet totally for free so I gave the barista $5 and told him to use it for the next customer that ordered a drink. Any remainder, I told him, was for the tip.
The guy looked at me with a confused look, "You want to pay for someone else?" I said, "yes" and smiled. Then I sat down and got to work.
I chose a seat close to a power outlet over one near the front so I didn't see the person who received my free coffee...but I did overhear the barista say, "Yes, and he is still here."
If I had been the recipient of a free drink, it would have made my day so I am sure whoever was there this morning appreciated the surprise.
Have you ever bought something for someone behind you in line?
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