The holidays are a time for giving. That's the lesson we've all been taught since our childhood, and luckily, some people never forget it. That's especially true for Tim Hortons customers, who seem to be keeping up a special holiday tradition this year.
Recently on Twitter, people are sharing their experiences going to Tim Hortons and having the person in front of them pay for their order. It's a small gesture, but it means a lot to people, especially on a cold winter day when they really need a coffee!
Paying it forward at Tim Hortons is the kind of thing that reminds you what the holidays are all about. The customers don't necessarily know each other, yet they offer this gesture of kindness.
The idea is to then pay the gesture forward and do the same thing for the people behind you, or to even just do something else kind for someone. A man who paid it forward at Timmies in 2017 even ended up saving someone's life.
In most cases, these customers don't even end up interacting in any way. People have tweeted about pulling up to the drive-thru window only to be told by the Tim Hortons staff that their order was already paid for. They've also tweeted about someone in line in front of them sneakily paying for their order.
To whoever paid for my breakfast @TimHortons in #BellsCorners #ottawa this morning thank you! I made sure to… https://t.co/IS9M4Qywru— Elizabeth Mavor (@Elizabeth Mavor) 1576588622.0
Paid for a womans coffee and tea buscuit in the Tim Hortons drive thru this morning. Felt good! You should give it… https://t.co/0fAweCDfF4— Crystal 🇨🇦 (@Crystal 🇨🇦) 1576679811.0
@eUnited Buy someone’s coffee behind you today. I personally paid for some @TimHortons breakfast sandwiches for pe… https://t.co/ykp79jZyae— Cody Jones (@Cody Jones) 1576677316.0
"To whoever paid for my breakfast [at Tim Hortons] in [Bell's Corners, Ottawa] this morning thank you! I made sure to #PayItForward I wonder how many people carried it on." wrote Twitter user @lizmavor.
"Paid for a woman's coffee and tea [biscuit] in the Tim Hortons drive thru this morning. Felt good! You should give it a try....pay it forward! P.S. It'll keep you off the naughty list 😉" wrote @Crystalized_82
The person in front of me at Tim Hortons paid for my meal 😢😢— Lexi Bapst (@Lexi Bapst) 1576680872.0
My mom said that she was in the drive thru for Tim hortons today and the person in front of her paid for her order 🥺🥺🥺🥺 so sweet— Jessica 🐰💕🍑 (@Jessica 🐰💕🍑) 1576687515.0
On a day when I feel rotten and sick with the flu, BIG THANKS to the person who paid for my order in the Timmy’s Dr… https://t.co/w4fTZd7klq— Cynthia Steeves (@Cynthia Steeves) 1576782481.0
The vehicle ahead of me @TimHortons paid for me. So, of course I pay it forward to the vehicle behind me. Happy Friday y’all!!— Amanda (@Amanda) 1576844711.0
Someone paid it forward at Tim Hortons and paid for my family’s breakfast. So we continued it on and paid it forwar… https://t.co/8tN6nVrJVl— MrJody (@MrJody) 1576845705.0
Today someone in front of me bought my coffees this morning at #TimHortons, and made my day😭😭😭♥️♥️♥️ #payitforwards… https://t.co/lHwKJGxjJk— Sweet Nadaline (@Sweet Nadaline) 1576845724.0
we’re in tim hortons drive thru and it was like a 17$ order. so we get up to pay and they’re like “don’t worry the… https://t.co/VkFQGOAbg8— ❃ 𝔾 🪐 (@❃ 𝔾 🪐) 1576852431.0
I’m gonna go to Tim hortons today, get me a coffee, and then pay for whoever’s order is after mine— lacey (@lacey) 1576857675.0
went to tim hortons to get an everything bagel w/ cream cheese. the guy in front of me orders the same thing & I th… https://t.co/146Y2HqQHb— teets (@teets) 1576854810.0
@KeepinitTwisted I paid for the person's order behind me in the Tim Hortons drive thru this morning on my way to wo… https://t.co/wtNqikoova— Paper7 Chaser (@Paper7 Chaser) 1576853447.0
And, guess what? Somebody paid for my order. #Buffalo #WNY @TimHortons— Dan Borrello (@Dan Borrello) 1576764964.0
The tradition has even reached at least one Tim Hortons location in the United States, with @danborrello writing, "And, guess what? Somebody paid for my order. #Buffalo #WNY @TimHortons."
All of this paying it forward is a great way to remind everyone that despite all of the stress and spending that can come with the holidays, some people are still willing to do something kind for a complete stranger!