A Cup Of Kindness

Friday, January 13, 2012 - 11:16am

Strangers have been "paying forward" tabs at a coffee shop for two years.

If you're measuring the kindness at Bluffton, South Carolina's Corner Perk, it's safe to say their cup runneth over.

"People will come in and say, "What do you mean? I don't understand. Are you trying to buy me a coffee today?" And I say," No, somebody came in 30 minutes ago and left money to pay for drinks until it runs out," The Corner Perk owner Josh Cooke said.

It kicked off two years ago with an average-joe customer who left the first one hundred dollar bill.

"It's someone that just has a kind heart and wants that to generate in this area,' Cooke said of the anonymous donor.

She got what she wanted -- not just customers, but strangers who heard what was happening started paying for people who follow.

"He said I want to do that, too. He just gave me the hundred dollars and left. He didn't even get anything," Corner Perk's Sara Clemmons said.

None leave their name, only their money and a feeling of inspiration jolting this community.

"It's very inspiring to just see someone living out what so many of us talk about, and doing things for other people," customer Jenny Dolin said.

While they all walk in for a pick-me-up, lately that's from the compassion that comes with the coffee.

The owner says the lady who started it off kept it going a few months here and there, but in the past few weeks it's really taken off with others following suit.

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