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Good Vibes and Coffee Angels: The ‘Pay It Forward’ Post

January 25, 2012

Today, we’re taking a super super super quick break from the wow-that’s-absurdly-stupid and the I-can’t-believe-that-actually-happens-in-the-21st-Century kind of bananasss, and spending a moment to appreciate the that-is-really-amazing-and-heartwarming-and-we-definitely-need-more-of-this-in-our-society-today kind of bananasss.

This is entirely selfish on my part because, well, yesterday someone stole my iPad, and today, I feel like being appreciative of the good vibes other people put out into this world.  And also, it’s my freaking blog, so I have the right to be selfish, and write about what I want to, and cry if I even want to.  But I won’t cry.

I’ll just tell you the story of a little town in South Carolina filled with lots of little coffee angels. 

What are coffee angels, you say?

Let me tell you all about them.

Coffee angels are different than regular angels, because they are the protectors of fine coffee, and they ensure that sleepy people everywhere are caffeinated.  These are good angels to make friends with, in particular when you are sleep deprived, cranky, bored, thirsty, or when Starbucks tries to essentially ruin your morning with a penny.  Now, be careful, because there ARE coffee devils out there, and they do things like decaffeinate your coffee, raise coffee prices and make bland coffee, so watch out for them.  They are dangerous. But I digress.

Back to that cute little town of Bluffton, South Carolina, at the appropriately named coffee shop, Corner Perk.

Apparently, Corner Perk has had some coffee miracles in its time.  Anonymous coffee angels, over the last two years, have been leaving anonymous donations to pay for customers’ coffee.  They order a coffee, drop a $100 down on the counter and say, “Pay it forward.”  It’s not quite as elaborate and dramatic as that movie with that Sixth Sense kid, but it’s still pretty darn cute, and definitely a little bananasss (in a good, ripe, this-banana-is-ready-to-eat-right-now kind of way).

Customers have been inspired by the generosity of others, and more and more people have been leaving money behind to pay it forward.  These are the kind of stories that give you the warm fuzzies in your tummy, and help maintain your faith in humanity.

The better news is it’s spreading.  Anonymous donors have been cropping up all over the place, paying off the lay-away bills at K-Marts and Walmarts.  There was even a couple in Illinois who handed out envelopes of cash at a local Goodwill, and when that money ran out, they started paying for customers’ purchases.

These are the kinds of good vibes we need to spread in our lives and in our communities; who knows what kind of ripple effect you’ll have.  So go out and do something nice for a stranger today; help an old lady cross the street, pick up someone’s pen for them, hold a door open, pay for someone’s coffee, or at the very least, buy someone a banana. 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. suzanne permalink
    January 25, 2012 12:05 pm

    sounds like you had a good cup of coffee today!

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