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How cool is this?Some people are going around town paying the lunch bills of complete strangers simply because they want to be nice. Most of the time it is happening at drive-through windows of restaurants. A person will get ready to pay, only to be told one of the drivers ahead of them picked up their tab.No one knows who these do-gooders are, only that more people are following their example. It is a classic case of the old saying, ?One good deed leads to another.?Lynn and Barb Thomas, of Harrod, had someone pay for their meal when they ordered about $8 of food recently from McDonald's on Cable Road. ??We will do the same thing for someone else soon,? they vowed in a letter to The Lima News.That's what so heart-warming about this growing phenomenon.It is completely unorganized. The ministerial alliance hasn't stirred these souls. No Congressman has declared this is ??buy someone a lunch day.? A banquet is not going to be held where people can take their bows.This is simply people doing something nice because their hearts tell them it would make another person happy. It's an example of someone realizing the little things really do make a difference.Two teenagers from Kenton said they will never forget having their prom dinner paid for by an elderly couple at Bandido's in Lima. They were among several people who recently have written The Lima News about these random acts of kindness.Julie Crider, a general manager at the McDonald's on Cable Road, said the people who want to pay for someone else's meal often say they are ??paying it forward,? referring to a term used by former TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey.??It probably happens about every day,? said Crider.Truth be known, the person ??paying forward? may be buying lunch for someone who is much wealthier than they. But does that really matter?We are talking about acts of kindness here. About being nice.Sure, these good deeds aren't going to solve the problem of world hunger or even feed the poor.They are going to make a few people smile, though.That alone makes it special.As Barb Thomas told us, ??I just think it's so nice that there are people who would do something for someone they don't even know. There really are good people out there, we just don't hear enough about them.?






Editorial: People being nice — just because
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