At least it was for a while in a Philadelphia restaurant.
Pat, a frequent participant here, sent me a link to a news article about the event. From the article (link omitted):
It played like a scene from a holiday movie—a mystery couple, who didn’t leave their names or numbers, walked into a restaurant, finished their meal and then set-off [sic] a chain reaction of generosity that lasted for hours.
That’s just what employees at the Aramingo Diner in Port Richmond said a man and a woman did during their breakfast shift last Saturday morning.
“It was magical. I had tears in my eyes because it never happened before. I’ve been here for 10 years and I’ve never seen anything like that,” said Lynn Willard, a waitress.
... [T]he couple started the chain reaction by paying double: for their own meal and for the tab of another table of diners at the restaurant. There's no evidence that one group of diners knew the others.
What a lovely gesture—even if it had been limited to the first recipients. Imagine what a nice surprise that would be on most days ... then consider how it would feel if you were having a crappy day, or worse. If you were to start such a chain, how cool would it be to hear or read about that in your local news?
Since I was a little girl, people have told me that I have been “too nice”. I will admit to being too trusting sometimes, but I don’t think there’s such a thing as too nice. Love may not be all one needs, but even a small dose of kindness can be transformative. For all who want to be part of a better world, this is the kind of thing to copycat with great frequency, creativity, and delight.