Pay It Forward Grinch Stops Starbucks 10-Hour Niceness Drive

So, a Starbucks in St. Petersburg, Florida went on a 10-hour roll with every customer buying the order of the customer behind them in the location’s drive through. But it all came to a screeching halt when customer number 458 refused to play along.

Peter Schorsch, the dreaded customer 458, drove up into the line and delivered his order like every other customer. But when he got to the pay window and the Starbucks employee asked if he wanted to “pay it forward” and pay for the guy behind him, Schorsch broke from all the other customers and flat out said “no.”

That’s right, Schorsch said, no way, baby!

Up until mean ol’ Peter Schorsch got in line the streak went ten hours and 457 customers paid for the guy behind them.

Schorsch said that he broke the streak on purpose, not by happenstance.

“I’m really not trying to be a Grinch,” Schorsch said to the local media. “I know things are hard for baristas and I am willing to help people.”

In fact, when he paid for his own drinks, he tipped the barista 100 bucks.

But he had a reason for refusing to “pay it forward.”

“I just don’t want to be forced into doing something,” he continued. “This is turning into a social phenomenon and I had to put an end to it.”

“Although I can’t prove it, I think this has become an organic marketing ploy for Starbucks,” Schorsch said. “I love Starbucks. I have nothing against them. But this takes away the genuineness.”

Schorsch said some patrons are driving to this particular store after they heard about the pay it forward streak.

“This is turning into something ridiculous and cheesy,” Schorsch said.

“It just seems like a ‘First World’ problem to me. Middle-class people sitting in their cars at a drive-thru, sipping a $5 drink and worrying about someone breaking the ranks,” Schorsch said.

“There is a little humor being a contrarian, but I think if you really want to help, find someone that obviously needs help, like the homeless,” Schorsch said.

“Also, I got a $6 Venti Frappuccino. Someone might just get a $2 coffee,” Schorsch said. “This is unfair to that person who paid for me.”

It is all quite logical thinking. And if Schorsch had just happened to go to that particular Starbucks and had just happened to get in that line at that particular time… I would agree with him.

But the truth is, he went out of his way to break this streak and made an attempt to make himself the story, here.

You see, the only reason he went to this Starbucks was because he heard about it on the radio and so he went out of his way to go there and become part of the story.

In fact, he wasn’t being “forced” to do anything because he would otherwise not have been at that Starbucks at all.

So, while I agree with all of his points, his “I’m being forced” line is so much hokum used as a smoke screen for his fame seeking.

In the end, Peter Schorsch is just as guilty of insincerity as those he criticized.

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  • jim_m

    “This is unfair to that person who paid for me.”

    People were doing it voluntarily so there is nothing unfair about something when you choose to do it freely.

    Now I know that this string would eventually have to come to an end (Starbucks don’t run 24 hours a day) but his reasoning is pure BS. This was not some selfless act to save other people, this was self promotion, plain and simple. If he really were concerned about this and not promotion seeking he wouldn’t have left the $100 tip. He did this for himself and himself alone.

    • Agree 100%.

    • Commander_Chico

      Not so voluntary if you make a big deal over not doing it.

      Fuck that, I’m not paying for some dweeb’s $6 vanilla latte or whatever. Would be a losing proposition for me, I order plain coffee.

      • jim_m

        You don’t need to make a big deal about it. You Just Say , ” I can’t do that today.”

        It’s not hard for people with a spine. I suppose that might be difficult for you to relate to.

        • Commander_Chico

          He got his 15 minutes of fame, have you? Cheap at $100 and saying “no.”

    • Jen C
      • jim_m

        Same guy!!! So he is also a democrat political operative. What a surprise!!!!

        • You’ve got to wonder about the mentality of someone who deliberately goes out and fucks up something like this – then leaves a $100 tip as if it somehow makes it all ‘better’.

  • GarandFan


    Says it all.

  • jim_m

    In the end, Peter Schorsch is just as guilty of insincerity as those he criticized

    He’s more insincere, since he is completely insincere and at least some of the dozens who went before him were at least partially sincere. Arithmatically, he is less sincere than the others are as a group.

  • LiberalNightmare

    I just don’t want to be forced into doing something,” he continued. “This is turning into a social phenomenon and I had to put an end to it

    I guess Batman was busy.

  • LiberalNightmare

    I’ll bet he votes democrat.

  • Par4Course

    Personal responsibility means paying for your own coffee, not your neighbor’s. The folks in line at Starbucks aren’t exactly the starving poor. When I give to charity, I do something more meaningful than paying for the latte of the person behind me at Starbucks.

    • jim_m

      This wasn’t about personal responsibility. It was just about doing something nice for someone else. It wasn’t feeding the hungry or raising the poor out of poverty. It was just a nice gesture that helped people feel better about themselves and their community.
      This wasn’t charity but it also wasn’t meant to be charity.

      • I’ve told my son that kindness, courtesy, and general polite behavior are the lubricants our society runs on.

        Some assholes just want to throw sand in the gears.