Free Starbucks coffee idea goes viral

A Raleigh woman treated a stranger to a coffee and her simple act of kindness exploded into an internet sensation.
November 8, 2013 1:51:46 PM PST
Sunny Myers is a busy mother of two. A few days ago she was having one of those weeks.

"I had a really bad parenting in the trenches kind of day," she explained. "I was very frustrated Wednesday [and then] woke up Thursday morning, got an email from my twins' teacher."

She stopped at her local Starbucks and had an idea.

"It was a totally selfish feel good thing," she recalled.

She had money on her Starbucks card app.

"Buying a couple people some coffee makes me feel better, so let's see what happens," Myers recalled thinking.

She added more money and posted it to Facebook and Instagram and told people to take it, share it, and enjoy.

"Next thing you know, people are reloading it.  They are paying it forward, buying it for strangers, reloading the card again," said Myers.

And they're posting pictures of themselves enjoying their Starbucks and it's spreading everywhere.

"Somebody's in Chicago, somebody's been in LA, Arizona.  A girl just got in she was a missionary from Uganda and stepped off the plane and got one," said Myers.

People keep putting money on the card for others to enjoy.  They're calling it "Operation Red Cup."

"What a great idea. Consider the card reloaded. New balance $41.98 #operationredcup," wrote Ashley Boyer.

"I'm a believer and I definitely feel that Jesus called and teaches us to love each other," said Myers.

And though it's just a Starbucks coffee in a red cup, little acts of kindness can turn things around.

"It was more about doing something for somebody," said Myers "Just to make people feel loved."

Myers encourages more people to enjoy the card and pay it forward. Follow her on Instagram at: http://instagram.com/twosmartypants#

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