I always told myself that if I ever made a a billion dollars I’d carry around a wad of $100 bills. Everyone I interacted with – the barista, the bellman, the librarian (yes i would still check out books even if i was a billionaire) – I’d tip them a $100. Kind of like that montage from Dumb and Dumber.
We’ll I’m probably never going to have a billion dollars. But I do have about a billion Clean Bottles in my garage (according to my wife’s count). And there have been times when I’ve taken a few extra around town. When someone has done something nice for me – whether it has been the fedex guy who took care of my packages or the guy at Staples who hooked me up with copies – I gave them a bottle.
The response has been totally amazing. People’s eyes light up when they see that I am giving them a bottle. And then their eyes pop out of their head when they see me unscrew the bottom. Then I tell them the whole story about how I invented it and how I dressed up like an idiot and ran around France. And usually by the end of the story they are hi-fiving me or something.
A lot of times I see these guys later on and they tell me how its their favorite bottle, or how their son or wife loves it. It feels SO good to have surprised someone and totally made their day, especially when these people are probably not used to getting thanked at all.
I was thinking about this and how happy it makes me and I thought “what if I gave some other folks some Clean Bottles and had them randomly give out a few to people as a ‘thank you’ or an ‘atta boy’ or something like that?” Thus, the idea for the Bottle Fairy was born.
Every month I’m going to send 8 bottles to a few loyal Facebook followers. I’ll also hook them up with a Clean Bottle t-shirt and other schwag. They can keep a few bottles for themselves but the other ones they need to give away to someone who deserves it.
Maybe its the guy who you passed on the bike ride and who was huffing and puffing but still hanging in there – hook him up!
Maybe it is the lady in line who let you cut in – hook her up!
Maybe its your co-worker who helped you out with a project – hook him up!
All I ask the Bottle Fairies to do is to snap a photo of the recipient with the Clean Bottle and share the story of why the person deserves it. They’ll then send it to me or post it directly to my Facebook page and I’ll share the stories with all of you.
So even if I can’t tip people $100 bills at least I can put a smile on someone’s face. And for me, way more than the money, that is what Clean Bottle is all about – making people smile.
I can’t wait to hear the stories!