Before I came to Australia I had never heard of this thing. Actually before I starting working at Coffee Sisters (shout out) I had never heard of this. First time I encountered this “act” was when I was serving a customer in our drive-in. She ordered a coffee and said “Can I also pay for the next persons coffee?” I was so confused, I was like, do you know the next person coming in, in case which kind of coffee are they having so I can press an actual bottom on my iPad (as there is no bottom that says Act Of Kindness). I had to go back in and ask the other girls, what does this woman mean. Apparently it’s a thing. You pay 4.5 (or 5 if you wanna give them a large) extra for whoever the next person is. They drive off and we get the luxury of telling the next person, that this coffee they are now ordering, is free, because the kind person in front of them bought it for them!
So the 29th of April is Act Of Kindness Day! I don’t have an amazing story to tell from 2019 so this is from 29th of April last year. A customer came in relatively early and ordered a coffee for themselves. The owner of our coffee shop happened to be rostered on for work on this day and she knew about this special day (most likely thanks to Facebook, like we all know how it’s helps us remembering people’s birthdays). She said “Did you know today is Act Of Kindness Day and this morning I bought a young girl $20 fuel at the petrol station”. (Our boss loves to chat and so does the regulars). This customer must have thought, hey great idea, cause she bought the next customer a coffee. But what the amazing thing is, this “act” went on for about 40 minutes! 40 minutes at one of the most busiest drive-in’s South of the River with more than 4 drive-in bays. This is a lot of kindness being passed on.
The one person to end this “act”, must have been the right person. According to my boss, she burst out in tears maybe due to the kindness in people and possibly also due to the probably very needed free coffee she got. We need to do more of these Acts Of Kindness towards each other, we need to be better human being towards one another, stranger or friend, poor or rich, black or white. The feeling it gives us when you do something kind to another person is much better than the largest, best brewed coffee you can get (even though it’s a close second).
See more on Facebook about Random Acts Of Kindness. It is actually really a thing.