The start player will always be able to take at least the first tile since the marker is placed before the 2 space tile that costs 2 buttons and 1 time. The second player may have to pass and move up 2 spaces therefore collecting 2 buttons. But there is no way that the first player would ever have to pass.
As others noted, that is incorrect; for reference, here are the relevant rules:
Locate the smallest patch, i.e. the patch of size 1x2, and place the neutral token between this patch and the next patch in clockwise order.
Take and Place a Patch:
You can choose from the three patches in front of the neutral token (in clockwise order).