Coffee shop customers pay it forward

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Customers at shops in eastern Birmingham, Hoover and Vestavia Hills are paying it forward by anonymously picking up the tabs of others.

A Starbucks spokeswoman said the Seattle-based company promoted
a Cheer Pass program in 2007 to remind customers to spread kindness, but the recent phenomenon is "consumer-driven."

Baristas at the shops also reported episodes where people who were in front of the line in the drivethru paid for the person's order in the car behind them.
Information compiled by AP from: The Birmingham News

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