College student stirs controversy after refusing to ‘pay it forward’ at fast food chain: ‘I don’t understand’

A broke college student was labeled a “Christmas Scrooge” by everyone, including his mother. 

He went on Reddit’s “Am I the A******” (AITA) forum to share what happened at a McDonald’s drive-thru one day. When he went to order breakfast, every customer before him had paid for the next customer’s food. But he didn’t want to participate.

“AITA for not paying it forward and buying the person behind me’s food,” the user wrote. “I (a broke college student) went to get breakfast at a Mcdonald’s drive-thru. When I went to pay, the cashier informed me that my food had been paid for. She said that this had been going on all morning without fail, everyone had paid for the person behind the in the spirit of Christmas and trying to uplift everyone during the quarantine. She asked if I wanted to pay it forward, I asked her how much the person’s bill behind me was and she said $24, which was way more than my Egg McMuffin and coffee. I told her no thank you and just drove off.”

The McDonald’s staff then expressed their disappointment. 

“The workers were pretty rude and handed me my coffee and muffin all crumpled and literally say, ‘happy holidays, Scrooge’ to me. I called my mom pissed, even though it was in a joking manner it was pretty unprofessional to call me Scrooge. She was pretty upset at ME and called me cheap, it’s been bothering me all day,” he wrote.

Reddit users didn’t think what the student did was a big deal at all.

“I don’t understand at all,” one person wrote

“Some people are not in a situation that affords them the ability to participate in something like this,” a user said

“If everyone is expected to ‘pay it forward’ then it basically negates why the first person didn’t in the first place,” someone said

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