Florida Man Purposefully Ruins Starbucks Pay It Forward Line

PhilHaney by PhilHaney on Aug. 22, 2014

On Wednesday this week, customers at a Florida Starbucks kept a “pay it forward” line going for ten hours straight with 458 people paying for the person behind them. Baristas told customers; “Your drink has already been paid for by the previous customer. Would you like to return their favor and pay it forward?'" One man definitely did not.

You’ll have to take his Soy Latte from his cold, dead heart.

When St. Petersburg blogger Peter Schorsch heard that another pay it forward line was happening at the same Starbucks the next day, he purposely drove down there and put the kibosh on the whole "ridiculous and cheesy" socialist experiment. That’s right; picture these socialist hands holding a Frappuccino:

Wait; is one of those hands dead? Zombie Socialists; Thanks Obama.

Schorsch, a blogger who in no way was just using this whole thing as a way to have something to write about, said “It just seems like a First World problem to me. Middle-class people sitting in their cars at a drive-thru, sipping a $5 drink and worry about someone breaking the ranks. …..I think if you really want to help, find someone that obviously needs help, like the homeless.”

He might have a point! Everyone is acting like this is such a big act of kindness. Here’s the thing; you still have to pay for person behind you. The only person who “wins” is the person who refuses to pay for the next person in line. So if you want to get a free coffee, the next time you hear about a “pay it forward” line happening, do like Peter Schorsch did here and head down to your local Starbucks and kill the whole thing, saying “I’m good.”

Larry David Does Not Think Pay It Forward Is Pretty Good

We must note however that it is indeed amazing that 458 people agreed to do this in the first place. Have you met people? They are horrible. Don’t pretend like they aren’t. Have you ever read the comments posted on Break? Exactly. That’s why I agree with Schorcsh one hundred percent that most of the people who are participating in a “pay it forward” line are not doing it out of generosity, but rather guilt. “Pay it forward” is merely the Stanford Prison Experiment, but using groupthink for “good” instead of beating prisoners. The line at Starbucks could just as easily been convinced to “shoplift it forward” if everyone else was doing it.

“If all your friends jumped off of a bridge, would you do it too?” Probably! Yeah, a lot of people would! They do it all the time. It gets a lot of views on YouTube now days.

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224 comments
Rob-Nielsen-297
Rob-Nielsen-297 User

hmm, we could 'pay if forward' and push YOU off that bridge. 

seriously though, i do not support people acting like they are contributing by doing something purely for themselves. Buy a sandwich for that homeless person. Do something real, and don't do it to look good doing it, do things anonymously.


redrobinyum
redrobinyum User

he looks like a young tony soprano, let him do what he wants.  

George-Maxwell-763
George-Maxwell-763 User

You should buy a coffee for yourself and pay for another one so that a homeless person can get one.

jake-oreilly-007
jake-oreilly-007 User

Pay it forward should be a random, spontaneous thing. Not this organized crap where you feel obligated to participate. 

Jakob Robert Verlinde
Jakob Robert Verlinde

What if the person behind him ordered more than one drink and couldnt afford that shit? For real a starbucks coffee is like $6 for A coffee, retarded.

Emily Schmelzenbach
Emily Schmelzenbach

They make some good points in this article. I agree with the guy for not doing it!

Matthew Sisk
Matthew Sisk

Don't be mad at the one guy who didn't want to be a sheep. The first people in that line had the right idea. The rest were band wagon fakes.

Kookiemoose
Kookiemoose User

I wish this would happen to me at an interstate toll booth.

Elisabeth Roy
Elisabeth Roy

People get to give what they want, and when you give from your heart it feels so much better.\U0001f64c\U0001f495

upgrade
upgrade User

Paying it forward is more of a life lesson not a cup of coffee. You're going to have a moment in life where someone does something for you and it is that kind of moment you need to pay forward for someone else.

Kristen Wilson
Kristen Wilson

I say do what your conscious and ❤️ tells u

Zack Taylor
Zack Taylor

My girlfriend was a shift manager at this store

Brenda Mriglot
Brenda Mriglot

Sometimes it's just nice to have that paid for coffee, especially if you are working hard and still struggling so you put all your change together so you can have a pick me up one day and you find out your drink is paid for! It helps to feel like the world isn't against you. So, I feel it's more for us who are not homeless but working full time and hard to just make ends meet...

Becky J Wong
Becky J Wong

Not paying it forward..more like paying it out of obligation

Randy Huff
Randy Huff

I'm local! It wasn't a true pay it forward, Starbucks wasn't only encouraging it with every customer, they were almost forcing people to do it! True kindness comes from freewill

RiotSt4rt3r
RiotSt4rt3r User

"Wait; is one of those hands dead? Zombie Socialists; Thanks Obama."


No, he's black.

Mike Torres
Mike Torres

The first person was generous. They paid for 2 cups. The rest broke even, they paid for one. Fake feel good story.

Caleb Matlock
Caleb Matlock

You drive away feeling like youve helped the world when Starbucks gets your money anyway? Children are starving.

Frank Stanley
Frank Stanley

take a look at bucky beaver he was the kid everyone avoided now he gets to ruin your fun :) i dont know kind of aq cross between a beaver and a ground hog :)

whatinitheworld
whatinitheworld UserTop Commenter

The guy is right, "pay it forward" is pure BS

Blake Turner
Blake Turner

That is the stupidest idea I've ever heard of. Absolutely ridiculous.

Cindy Latta Long
Cindy Latta Long

Buying a coffee for the guy behind you I (who can afford to buy his own) is an empty gesture. It's just a pointless bit of grandstanding.

Matt Tolster
Matt Tolster

Or find the parent and hand them a job recruiter's business card

Oingofan
Oingofan User

Does no one understand how Pay It Forward actually works? 

Paying it forward involves doing something good for someone in response to a good deed done on your behalf or a gift you received. When you pay it forward, however, you don't repay the person who did something nice for you. Instead, you do something nice for someone else.  It’s about performing a random act of kindness.  Paying it forward doesn't have to mean giving a large sum of money or expending a lot of effort. It could be as simple as:

  • Giving up a place in line to someone who appears in a rush

  • Shoveling a neighbor’s driveway after a snow storm

  • Visiting an elderly neighbor or asking if they need anything repaired

  • Paying for the car behind’s meal at a drive-thru

  • Helping a new mother

  • Giving a homeless person some food

  • or driving an elderly person to the store or a doctor’s appointment.

swedens
swedens User

the missconseption is that someone "wins". there is no winners in the world. But lets run for it awhile shall we, just for the fun of it: If we are talking about philosophy and theoretics, there are much more variables to consider yourself a "win". The emotional investment and reward is much higher then the average work you need to put in to achieve that amount equal in cash, so with your logic. Everyone won cept the person who paid for his coffe and himself. Conclusion: Rethink, dont think capital, money or winning is a concept, its just a bad way to compete and see others as threats.

puppetshow
puppetshow User

Dumbest thing I've seen on the Internet in awhile.

eldystar
eldystar User

@upgrade you decide to pay it foreward in another way and you are a jerk?  the $100 to the teller was a kinder act than all 458 cups of coffee.  Well it would have been if he did not give his name and make sure he got credit.

RiotSt4rt3r
RiotSt4rt3r User

I mean Natively African-but-now-American (unslaved)... didn't mean to say black, that's racist now.

Sunblock5000
Sunblock5000 User

LMAO he is in fact Jewish.  Go figure.

whatinitheworld
whatinitheworld UserTop Commenter

You should look at how much "the jews" give not only to charities but to charities that actually do good in the community.