“You have to help me…..I am doing this cool art project and I really need your help to make it work today.” I tell the Barista at Peet’s Coffee in my quiet undercover spy voice. “Basically I want to pay for the next 2 customer’s cups of coffee. Will ten bucks cover it?” I say….she leans in and nods. “Should I tell them you paid for it?” she asks. “Nah….let it be as anonymous as possible. Just surprise some cool people. Just make sure they aren’t cops.” I say with a laugh. She really likes the idea. “You could just keep the ten bucks as a tip….so here is a tip for you for doing it.” I say as I place a five spot in her tip jar….Hoping that she will get into the spirit and give. “This is so cool. You are so nice…” I give her a card with the Gift Prolific info on it and tell her to check it out. She tells me that she might be able to buy 3 coffees and that she will have fun with it. She also thanks me for making her day a little more interesting. I leave…my lunch break is over. Back to work.
This is a Sputnick Urchin shell. I have wanted to paint one of these for some time now. They are way more challenging than I thought. I think back to the Barista at Peet’s. I will have to go back in this week and see how it went. I think of this as a gift to her…..since she was willing to participate she will get to have fun giving people coffee. And I think that she really understood that….per our conversation. It is neat to start a wave of giving….I wonder how it all went down. Back to painting….see ya.