The entire pay it forward thing is a great way to save money. If you can get lucky and the person in front of you pays for your meal or drink, then you get a great deal. The thing is after that happens most people feel like they need to pay for the person behind them and sometimes they spend more money than they would have in the first place.
ABC News shared how a man recently made this pay it forward line stop on purpose. He said that people were only paying for the next person out of guilt not because they wanted to be generous. The man knew that a certain Starbucks had a pay it forward going on that was huge. It went up to 458 people so this guy went there on purpose to stop it.
Peter Schorsch wanted it to end and he explained that he was asked if he wanted to pay for the next person. He didn't want to and spoke out saying, "I told him no. When the barista asks you to pay it forward, it is no longer spontaneous." He went on explaining, "I’m really not trying to be a Grinch. I know things are hard for baristas and I am willing to help people. I just don’t want to be forced into doing something,” said Schorsch, who is also a political consultant. “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. I love Starbucks. I have nothing against them. But this takes away the genuineness."
It will be interesting to see if other people agree with Peter about this and refuse to pay for the next person as well. They will get a great deal if they just take their free coffee and go on.