Is paying it forward (PIF) still PIF if you have to be asked to PIF for the next person in line?
A friend of mine was at Starbucks and when he ordered his drink and went to pay he was told ... its paid for ... would you like to pay for the next order?
He felt he had to participate or look like a douche, it had nothing to do with doing good deeds.
You're right, I think they missed the point of PIF. When participating in an act like this it's usually done to a person who couldn't return the favor. That's what makes it a self-less act.
I'm on a very tight budget, so I don't even go to Starbucks. If I did, and was asked if I wanted to pay for someone else's order, I would have to say no, and take the eye rolling and attitude that comes from being the one who breaks the chain.
I think stringing together pay it forwards misses the point. It should be something spontaneous, not something someone asks you to do.
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