Ma’am, Your Burger Has Been Paid For

Fast-food outlets in North America say “paying forward” has become a daily commonplace: Drive-through customers pay the bill of the person next in line. “The anonymity of the drive-through makes it especially easy to pay it forward because it dispenses with any awkwardness and suspicion about motives. The payer pulls away before the next car pulls up and discovers a gift that is impossible to refuse” (Metered paywall) (900 words)

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