Cheer Chains —
If you've been to Starbucks in the past week or so, you've been at risk of finding yourself trapped in a "cheer chain." What this means is that the person in line in front of you pays for your drink, and in return you're supposed to pay for the drink of the person behind you. This goes on and on, ad nauseam. The Associated Press reported on one cheer chain
that totaled 1,013 customers.
The question is, are these cheer chains a true spontaneous phenomenon, or are they a cynically…