Apparently there's a new type of good deed sprouting up across the country - the drive through "pay it forward".

According to the New York Times, the phenomenon has been gaining popularity recently, with some stories of over 200 consecutive cars paying for the customers behind them.

It goes something like this - you're going to grab yourself a quick meal at the drive through. When you go to pay, you tell the cashier that you're paying for the car behind you as well. When the following vehicle pulls up to the window to pay, the employee informs them that their meal has already been paid for.

Usually, by that time, you've already left with your meal and the warm fuzzy feeling of doing a good deed. The person who scored the free food may "pay it forward" and pick up the meal for the person behind them and, before you know it, there could be a long chain of good samaritans going home with positive attitudes and fun stories.

It's a simple, inexpensive way to give someone a smile. I'm going to try it one of these days. Let us know if you do too!