Saturday was an interesting day.  The dog had to go into the vet for a follow-up early in the morning, so off I went at the crack of dawn.  It was early and nary a car on the road.  I got to the vet office and without much of a line, went on in and saw the vet pretty quickly.  The stitches needed to stay in for another two weeks, but a shot vaccination was due, so we got that taken care of.

The “big task” of the day now complete, we saunter out to the car – the dog very happy to be in and out so quickly.  The front door opens to get the rear door lock (I don’t believe in power locks apparently), and in that instant, she decides she wants to hop in front.  Why not, and up she goes.  All happy-go-lucky, I decided to hit Starbucks for a cup of coffee.  Since we didn’t have any co-pay thanks to the wellness plan for the dog,  literally at the speaker I upped the ante to a Grande White Mocha.  3000 calories of delicious!


The dog is all shaking and quivering as she has never been in the front seat before…a little too nerve-wracking for her.  With two cars waiting in front of me, I decide I have the time and put it into Park, trot over and let the dog go from front to back seat.  Hopping back in, the cars start moving again.

On reaching the window, I hand a $5 for the breakfast, and am told:

“Your drink was purchased by the car in front of you sir – we see this happen sometimes.”

Stunned, I realize I was just given a very generous gift, for apparently no reason.  The car was gone, and I am sitting there dumbfounded.  Here’s where you get to guess the ending!  Did I:

  1. Say thank you and drive away?
  2. Ask the total for the car behind me and pay it forward?
  3. Chase down the car in front and give them $5?

Vote in the comments – answer revealed tomorrow!  🙂

8 thoughts on “What would you do?

  1. The answer was in fact option #2 – I did pay it forward. While I don’t believe in fate per se, karma is something I can identify and people, in general, will get what they deserve in the long run.

    So, I paid $4.50 for the Pumpkin spice latte behind me and went on home. Oh, and for what it’s worth, within a few days of that, Drobo came on board as a sponsor! 🙂

  2. That just would not happen in the UK. More like, someone would hop out and take the hub caps.

    Anyway, if it did, I’d like to think it was #2 too…..though all three answers are cool.

  3. I say you paid it forward!

  4. You gotta go with #2 in that situation. I would hope that if you didn’t, you would just feel bad about NOT doing it all day. Until it ate away at your core and you had to make another trip back to starbucks simply so you could get in line and pay for someone else’s stuff.

  5. If it was me, and I like to think that I´m a magnanimous type of guy, I would plump for for number 2, but only first after having checked in my rear-view mirror to see how many occupants were in the vehicle:)


    1. Lol – calculated generosity strategy =) I think the fact that you even mentioned this option may be an indication that you paid it forward, so my vote is #2.

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