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Canadian Man Buys Coffee for 500 Strangers

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Here's a sweet story out of Edmonton, Canda: Yesterday morning an anonymous customer at a downtown Tim Hortons doughnut shop purchased 500 cups of coffee, asking the shop to give its next 500 customers coffee on him. According to the Canadian Press, the man spent a whopping $859, and the staff gave away the 500th cup early this morning. Customers were reportedly "thrilled."

Apparently the staff questioned the man as to his motivations for buying 500 people a cup of coffee but the man "didn't say much and left quickly after paying." Some staff members theorize that the anonymous man won the lottery. This isn't the first epic pay it forward event at a doughnut shop. Just two weeks ago, 55 customers in Massachusetts bought the orders of the customers behind them in the drive-thru line at Heav'nly Donuts.

· Man Buys 500 Coffees for Tim Hortons Customers in Edmonton [TCP]
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