KTIS Drive-thru Difference mentioned in St. Paul Pioneer Press
Aug. 17 – The KTIS Drive-Thru Difference has become a growing ministry in the Twin Cities. A ministry focused on “paying it backward” has blessed hundreds of individuals at fast-food restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops and more. 98.5 KTIS was featured in the Pioneer Press over the weekend:
Linda Moe was driving some friends to Hinckley, Minn., for a day at the casino — when her luck suddenly got better.
Waiting in the drive-through lane at a Starbucks, she was getting ready to pay $13.87 for four grande frappuccinos.
But the clerk said the bill had been paid by someone in the car ahead of her.
"There we were, four old bags just laughing our heads off," said Moe of Maplewood. "I said, 'What? Are they crazy?' It was so shocking."
It was her introduction to the curious pay-it-backward phenomenon — the practice of paying the bill of someone behind you in a line.
Christian radio station KTIS FM-98.5 started the practice about two years ago. Station manager Jason Sharp asks listeners to pay the bills of strangers, dubbing the practice "The Drive-Thru Difference."
"Our effort is to make the Twin Cities a better place," Sharp said.