Due to the divide that the government shutdown is creating, Starbucks is attempting to bring us all together by offering a free coffee (kind of.) If you buy someone else their favorite beverage, they'll provide you with a free tall brewed coffee.
Have you ever done that before? Every once in a while I'll buy something for the person behind me, or pay their toll (before I-Pass - yes, I'm old) and I've had it happen to me as well. I don't do it nearly as often as I should, but it honestly shifts your whole outlook.
Yes, it's a marketing ploy, but it's great incentive to go out and change someone's day today.
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