Drive-thru difference

@Bev1986 (1427)
United States
January 18, 2007 2:21pm CST
There's a radio station in West Michigan that is challenging everyone to pay for the person behind them when they go through a drive-thru restaurant, like McDonald's. They have people calling in who have paid for other people and ones who have had people pay for them! I think this is an excellent concept! It would be great if people all over the world would do this. Can you imagine pulling up to the drive-thru window and having the teller tell you that your meal was already paid for? Most of the people would then pay for the person behind them! I think it's a great idea and I'm going to do it the next time I go through the drive-thru. What about you?
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28 responses
• United States
18 Jan 07
Ive heard of that, but never done it. I want to do it and see what type of reaction I will get. I did pay for a toll for the person behind me once and I got honked at and thanked. It turned out he used the money to pay for the person behind him. Good topic.
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• New Zealand
19 Jan 07
Quite noble of you I should say. But I am wondering, how did you know which entry the person behind you took and how much the toll charges were? Because if I wanted to do the same at either a McDonalds or at a toll booth, I would not know what their order was (in the case of McDonalds or where the entered the tollway in the case of a tollroad).
• United States
19 Jan 07
The cashier would know, you could just ask them.
@Ivan017 (24)
• United States
19 Jan 07
i think this idea is a great one as it is showing kindness and if everyone showed kindness over the world we might still have wars but not have them escalate so much. There is a flaw however, if someone knew you were going to pay for their order then they could purposly order more then they need and then you could get angry towards them for order more then actually needed. So in trying to give kindness could be the root of anger and hatred.
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@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
19 Jan 07
But there's really no way for them to know that you'd be paying for their order. The cashier will tell them it's paid for after they've placed their order.
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@coffeechat (1961)
• New Zealand
19 Jan 07
This type of kindness is great! I support kindness in any form. I would not buy McDonalds for my worst enemy. Read Erich Schlosser's Fast Food Nation or watch the movie version and you will understand how these fast food chains are parasitic and cause huge damage to the health of consumers. Bev1986, these random acts of kindness can be performed anywhere, whether in a supermarket check out or at a restaurant where you pay someone elses bill...
@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I totally agree, you can do it anywhere! At the grocery store, how many of you have seen the person in front of you struggling to find change in the bottom of their purse? How easy it would be to just hand over the change to the cashier? I've done that before. It just makes you feel good.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
18 Jan 07
It's kinda like "Pay it forward" or random acts of kindness. I think it's nice. Where I live sometimes the local police stop drivers who let a car into line or something like that and give them a free ticket for a car wash. I can't really do the drive through payment since for some reason I never, ever use the drive through window. I always park the car and go inside.
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@scorpius (1793)
• India
19 Jan 07
both yes and no.first of all i would have to se if this thing is for real .i agree it is a nice concept and captures "share and share alike" very well.but the problem is that like all god intentions it may not work and fizzle out just when you go to that drive thru.anyway i will ahvet o see if it is indeed working and they i would defnitely like to participate! it is anice thing to share!love!LOL!!
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@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
19 Jan 07
It's not a matter of whether or not it is passed on to others. The whole idea is that it makes you feel good inside to do it for someone else... You feel good and you've made them feel good. Don't worry about whether it's being passed on. You'll probably never know if the car behind you has paid for the next car, because you'll already be gone by that time! And, it really doesn't matter.
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• United States
18 Jan 07
That would be way cool except for one thing ... imagine pulling up to the window to pay for your own order and to pay for the person's order behind you only to find out that the person's order was more money than you happened to have on you or that they ordered a large amount of food. That could be a bummer too but it's a nice gesture anyway.
@shywolf (4520)
• United States
19 Jan 07
The person above me had the same thoughts that I was thinking on this issue. I really think that it is a wonderful idea to practice random acts of kindness, and it would be such a lovely thing to pull up to a drive through and find that your meal had already been paid for by the person in front of you. But then what if the next person ordered a huge amount and you couldn't foot their bill *laugh* I do agree that this is a wonderful idea, however, and it would be wonderful to have a local radio station here in Missouri also get something like that started here! ^_^
• United States
19 Jan 07
Never heard of it, but its a really nice concept. I probably won't do it now, as i'm a kid and i don't quite have much money... but when i have a job i think i might, its just a nice thing to do.
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• United States
19 Jan 07
sounds like a great idea. although kind of a unoringinal idea, i would still do it.
@Inklings (1256)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I saw a TV commercial where the lady pulls through the drive-thru at the cleaners and after noticing that the guy in the car behind her is really cute,she pays for a few of his shirts and gives the lady her business card to pass onto the man. Cute!
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
18 Jan 07
sounds goo ddbut what if you dont have the money to pay for next person your order might be $15 and their 25$
@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Hmm...that would be hard. But, if someone already payed for yours what is the harm in helping the person behind you? I think that it is really generous! :D
@coolcatzz (1587)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
Great concept but I don't know if it would always work. I mean not everybody would know about it. I personally think random acts of kindness should be just that random. I was in Tim Horton's drive-thru one day and one of the other mothers from my daughters school was behind me. I didn't know her very well but when I came up to the window I paid for her order. But to me it has to be something you try to do every once in awhile otherwise you'd go broke. Believe me I wish I could win the millions cause I'd do that all the time. Another one that I've done is I was in one of the cheaper hair cutting places we have in Canada. I think it was First Choice. Haircuts are about 15.00. There was a man a few chairs away that was talking to the girl and he was quite loud. Now he was definitely mentally challenged and a bit slow. I hope I'm wording that to be politically correct. Anyways he was talking about his job and how he goes to the local mall and has to empty all the garbages and cleans the parking lot. Anyways the lottery that night was going to be high and the girl asked him if he was going to buy a ticket and he said yes I save my money so I can spend one dollar a week and buy a ticket. I could tell he doesn't make much money. Anyways I said to my hair stylist could you tell him his cut is paid for when he goes up to the register and when you are done with me I'll pay for both. She couldn't believe it. So they did just that. Well.... he was so excited and so grateful. It really made my day. So it cost me another 15.00 it was well worth it.
@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I applaud you!!!! You've definitely got the right idea. That was an amazingly sweet thing for you to do. I agree that you don't always have to do it. We live on a very limited budget, and we hardly ever even go through a drive thru because it's just too expensive! But occasionally we will. But not only does it make the other person feel good, it also makes you feel good.
@icjackson (186)
• United States
19 Jan 07
What radio station is doing this? I'm in Grand Rapids. I.C. Jackson
@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
19 Jan 07
91.3, it's a Christian radio station.
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
19 Jan 07
Oh this certainly is not right at all as some other curstomes would be buying more than you would, so I certainly do not agree if this concept was all over the world. You say you are going to do it next time you drive-thru well make sure you have plenty of money just incase, and it certainly would not be me.
@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
19 Jan 07
You can just pay as much as you want toward their order, you do not HAVE to pay for their whole order! Some of you are missing the point here.... If you got to the check out window and had ordered $10.50 worth of food and the cashier told you that the person in front of you paid $5.00 towards your order, wouldn't that make you happy too? Even if they didn't pay the whole amount, at least part of it was paid. So if you don't have enough money to pay their whole bill, you could just give the cashier $5 and tell her to put it towards the next cars bill!
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I think this is a nice idea...but if I were to go to Mickey D's with my kids....you probably would ask how much our order was behind you and then say nevermind. LOL I have seven children. And trust me, that can be very costly. In turn, if I were to start it by paying for my own and then the person behind me...I honestly would not be able to afford it. What if they had a big order too? But I must say, if someone ahead of me paid for mine and the person behind me was only an order for one person, I would be getting a really good deal out of this! LOL
@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I think that is really neat, but I wouldn't want to have a person ahead of me feast out because someone else was paying for it. And, we have a great big family and I don't think that they would want to pay for ours. That is a great concept for the ones that can afford it! :D
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Its called a random act of kindness and I would hope people do this sort of thing all over the world. I have paid for the person behind me before-- It is a great feeling.. I love to see their expression when the pull up to the window-- I'm always at the next window waiting for my food-- I have done this numerous of times.. Once even for a large family.. A mom with 3 kids in her car.. Her face lighting up was the best.. There are several things you can do-- I also like to leave high tips once in a while.. If the waitress was great and looks hurried, I will leave a big tip... Its a great feeling doing something nice for someone and expecting nothing in return.
@mom2boys (334)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Ahh "pay it forward" I think this is a great idea but come on how many people do you think honestly would do this?? I dont think alot of people are quite so nice anymore it is a nice idea.
@Raseborg (25)
• Sweden
19 Jan 07
Ok
• United States
19 Jan 07
I've heard of people doing that before but I haven't done it myself. I haven't ever had anyone pay for my stuff either. But I think I might try this next time we go through the drive thru.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
19 Jan 07
This concept is not new. I have heard of people doing this on toll roads, paying for the person behind them. I don't know if it is a fad or if it will catch on.