This week, in Canada.
People try to pretend that Canadian stereotypes are completely inaccurate, but one time I ran into a pole and turned around to apologize.
Staff at a downtown Edmonton Tim Hortons were having an ordinary day Monday until a young man in his mid-to-late 20s walked in, ordered a large double-double and a Boston cream doughnut, and posed a question.
“He asked the cashier, ‘how many coffees do you sell in a day?’” said store manager Joanne Averion.
Then he asked her to ring in 500 large coffees.
“The manager asked him if he was going to drink all those coffees or was he going to give it to someone?” Averion recalled. “He said, ‘you have to give it to the next 500 customers.’”
The motive for the random act of caffeinated kindness isn’t known; Averion said staff questioned the young man, but he didn’t say much and left quickly after paying the $859 bill with his debit card.
She said it took until 8 a.m. Tuesday morning to give out the 500 free coffees.
What an amazing, yet simple way to make hundreds of people’s lives a little better. I hope each of the people who received a free coffee that day paid the good deed forward to someone else.
Proud to be Canadian.