Military Member Buys $200 Worth of Coffee for Strangers at Md. Starbucks

HANOVER, Md. (WNEW) — A generous random act of kindness turned a routine trip for coffee into a memorable morning for customers at a Starbucks in Anne Arundel County on Tuesday.

Employees of the coffee shop at the Arundel Mills Shopping Center in Hanover said a woman in a military uniform walked in and asked to recharge her gift card with $200. She then handed the card to the baristas and told them to use the $200 to pay for any purchases made by customers after her until the money ran out.

WNEW reporter Cameron Thompson was among the beneficiaries, as was Nelson Franklin.

“It’s a great feeling, because usually we want to give it to [the military] — try to keep them going. But now this is giving back to the regular people, which is good,” said Franklin, who is a retired military member.

Baristas said the woman, who isn’t a regular at the coffee shop, refused to give her name.

“You think ‘oh my goodness what’s wrong with the world’ and you have someone come in honestly and do something like that it seems like a simple thing but it makes you believe in people again,” said Amanda, the store manager.

Random Act of Kindness at Md. Starbucks

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WNEW’s Cameron Thompson contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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