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Mystery man visits Edmonton Tim Hortons, pays $895 to buy coffee for 500 strangers

Five hundred customers at a downtown Tim Hortons were treated to a free coffee thanks to the kindness of a mysterious man who rang up a nearly $900 tab.

Shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Monday, a man walked into the Tim Hortons at Jasper Avenue and 101 Street.

Manager Joanne Averion said the customer ordered a large double double and a Boston cream donut before asking staff how many large coffees they typically sell in a day.

“A lot,” said the clerk.

“Do you sell 500?” asked the man.

“We sell even more than that,” said the clerk.

Averion said the man, who was between the ages of 25 and 30, then asked the clerk to ring in 500 large coffees for the next 500 customers who ordered a large coffee.

The clerk did just that and until Tuesday morning around 8:30 a.m. when the goodwill ran out, any customer who ordered a large coffee was given it for free.

The mystery man paid for the $895.28 transaction using a debit card, Averion said.

“The supervisor asked (him), ‘why?’” Averion said.

“He didn’t say anything, he just did it for no reason.”

Averion has worked at the Tim Hortons for five years and said she’s never seen anything like it.

Smiles spread across customers’ faces when they learned their coffee was free and staff told them why.

“Some were asking if he won the lottery or something,” Averion said.

For now, the kind-hearted stranger’s motive, as well as his identity is, well, a mystery.

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