He Paid For The Coffee Order For The Car Behind Him. His Kind Act Saved Someone's Life.
Unexpected acts of kindness are rare, but not unheard of, especially among Canadians, who are known for being quite friendly. But usually the only time you can get someone to pay for your meal is if you're out on a date, married, or you're a kid and your folks are buying. But when Glen Oliver, drove up to the drive-thru window at a local Tim Hortons, he decided to do something he often did, which was to pay for the driver behind him. The only thing is, he had no idea just how much his act of generosity meant to that person.
Imagine just having a bad day, while heading to a local coffee shop and hoping the day gets better.
The act of kindness happened back in July at a Tim Hortons in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. And when columnist Ian McMillan of the Pickering News Advertiser, got a letter outlining what happened, he ran the story.
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After placing his order, Glen Oliver of Pickering, headed to the drive-thru to pick up his order.
Glen would often pay for the driver behind him when he frequented the local coffee shop. But he didn't know just how much of a difference he had made in a person who was going through a very rough time.
When McMillan got the anonymous letter, his heart when out to the person who wrote it.
It mentioned that the person was "in a bad place in July," and that they "intended to take their life. July 18 was going to be their last day." McMillan also noted that the writer said that they intended to "end it all at home in their own little ritual."
The anonymous writer recalled how the lady at the drive-thru informed them that their coffee was paid for.
The lady said the man in the SUV, aka Glen, said to "have a great day." The writer added, "I wondered why someone would buy coffee for a stranger for no reason. Why me? Why today? If I was a religious sort I would take this as a sign. This random act of kindness was directed at me on this day for a purpose.”
The act of kindness allowed the individual to make a change and pay the kind act forward to another.
The letter writer wanted to do something nice, and wrote, “I decided at that moment to change my plans for the day and do something nice for someone. I ended up helping a neighbor take groceries out of her car and into the house.”
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