When a homeless man who usually wanders Minneapolis’ Lake Street showed up at Cesia Abigail’s café, he begged for change. The 25-year-old owner of Abi’s Café, however, had something else in mind.
“Why don’t you have a job? You know nothing is given to me for free, right?” Abigail said, according to her Facebook post.
The man, named Marcus, told Abigail that his past felonies have prevented him from getting hired. “So, now I had to turn myself to the streets and get money the only way I know – stealing and asking for money,” he told her.
Abigail told Marcus he could wash dishes for a day in her café, and that she’d give him a sandwich before he got started. After his two-hour shift, which was all Abigail could afford to pay the man, he left, and then returned the next day. And he’s returned on time every day for the past two weeks.
And as soon as Abigail pays the man for his work, he turns right around and buys food from her restaurant, “because it makes him feel good,” Abigail shared.
“Some restaurants wouldn’t even let you use their restrooms,” she said. “I don’t judge someone on how they look – go use it. I do not treat [homeless people] any different.”
Abigail shared Marcus’s story on Facebook, and her post has already received over 30,000 shares.
“Do something nice for someone today and don’t judge them just because they out there asking for money for we don’t know their situation … some deserve another shot,” she wrote. “God gave me this blessing, so why can’t I bless others?”
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