Canadians paying the coffee forward -- by the hundreds
-- What's in the coffee in Canada?
Apparently something that's making a few
folks pretty generous.
At least six times this week, customers at
Tim Hortons restaurants have paid for their
own cups of coffee and cups of brew for the
next 500 or more people in line, according to
The first 500 free javas were gifts of an
anonymous donor at a Tim Hortons in
downtown Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday,
CTV reported . A man in his 20s bought a
double-double and a doughnut and told the
clerk to put the next 500 large coffees on his
debit card, according to the report.
"(The staff was) thinking maybe he was so
blessed that he wanted to share his blessing,
or maybe he won the lotto or something,"
store manager Joanne Averion told CTV.
The act has been repeated five times since,
in Calgary, Alberta, on Tuesday, in Ottawa
and Red Deer, Alberta, on Thursday, and two
more times again in Edmonton on Thursday,
according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
The last case is the only one where the
coffee donor has taken credit.
Monica Kavanaugh bought 800 cups at the
Tim Hortons in Edmonton's Royal Alexandra
Hospital on Thursday.
"It's a way to give back," Kavanaugh told the
CBC. "They've (hospital staff) helped my
father a lot, and I just feel, why not give a
little back to the hospital?"
Earlier Thursday, someone paid for the next
500 cups at the hospital Hortons.
It's all great business for Tim Hortons, but
the company says it's serendipity, not a
"As brilliant as this is, I can assure that Tim
Hortons has nothing to do with the Good
Samaritans that have been purchasing
coffees across the country," Tim Hortons
representative Michelle Robichaud told CTV.
"We're just as surprised and thrilled as our
guests have been by these incredible random
acts of kindness," the CBC quoted Robichaud
as saying. "Our only role is really in pouring
the cups of coffee."