July 24, 2013 4:33 pm
Updated: July 26, 2013 9:45 am

Generosity brewing: Free coffee craze spreads across Alberta


CALGARY- Talk about paying it forward.

Fresh off the heels of news that a man in Edmonton picked up the tab for 500 coffee drinkers at Tim Hortons, someone in Calgary has done the same.

The manager of the Tim Hortons location in Crowfoot confirms to Global News that around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, a man came in and pre-paid for 500 large coffees—ringing up a tab of nearly $900.

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“He wanted to be completely anonymous,” explains store manager Kelli. “He didn’t do it for recognition, just did it strictly…to lift the spirits of Calgary.”

The man said he was inspired by the story in Edmonton, where a young man asked a cashier to ring in 500 large coffees on Monday afternoon to give away. It took staff until Tuesday morning to hand them all out, to customers who were understandably thrilled to discover their javas were free.

Kelli adds that the gift comes at the perfect time.

“After everything we’ve gone through, all the floods and everything, [he was] just trying to lift the spirits and make people have a little bit of a bigger smile on their face today.”

Tim Hortons’ staff have seen customers ‘pay it forward’ a number of times–but rarely to this extent.

“In the drive-through somebody will come up and pay for the car behind them, you know, a couple of coffees or even their full order. But to this extent and to dollar value, definitely not.”

The Crowfoot location was able to give out the complimentary coffee until 5 p.m.

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