A woman named Kim visited the drive-thru of Dunkin’ Donuts in Pembroke, Massachusetts, on Oct. 8 and inadvertently started a chain of paying it forward.
“She looks at me and says, ‘Can I pay for the man’s coffee behind me?’ Danielle, an employee of the donut shop, told WATD. "And I said, ‘Absolutely.’”
The next customer felt compelled to keep the goodwill going. “Then, when he came up to the window, I told him he was all set,” said Danielle. "So he held his finger up and said, ‘One second,’ and he pulled out a hundred dollar bill, and gave it to me. He said, ‘Take care of the rest of the customers in line.’”
The man paid for the next 30 or 35 cars on his own, but people kept contributing. “I had a couple other customers that were like, ‘Oh, here’s five dollars,’ or, ‘Here is a couple dollars,’” Danielle added. “Not everybody can afford to give a hundred dollars, but every little bit helps.”
Community members who saw WATD’s Facebook post on the chain of goodwill identified the man who donated $100 as Gregory Nitikin, who admitted he gave the money.