Minnesota cafe owner shows homeless man job, not the door

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A baggy-clothed homeless man who walks up and down Minneapolis' Lake Street begging for change got more than he bargained for when he strolled into Cesia Abigail's cafe two weeks ago.
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Instead of turning away the man, the 25-year-old owner of Abi's Cafe asked, "Why don't you have a job? You know nothing is given to me for free, right?"


Bowing his head down to avoid eye contact, the man named Marcus replied: "Well, I have a lot of felonies and no one wants to hire me for that. So, now I had to turn myself to the streets and get money the only way I know -- stealing and asking for money."
Minnesota cafe owner Cesia Abigail shows homeless man Marcus job, not the door - CBS News

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  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
    Hmmm,

    Not sure where I stand on this.

    Not judging the man, but maybe the owners of the place that hired him.
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  • Profile picture of the author ThomM
    I was reading that story on FB yesterday and was amazed at some of the other responses she received.
    Some where criticizing her for only giving him 2 hours, some because they thought she was making him pay for his meals.
    I know from my own experiences that most times the people they think you should do more are often doing less themselves.
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      Originally Posted by ThomM View Post

      I was reading that story on FB yesterday and was amazed at some of the other responses she received.
      Some where criticizing her for only giving him 2 hours
      SHE was apparently struggling ALSO! Should she COMMIT to a person that has a HIGH CHANCE OF FAILURE!? Think what you want, but a person that gets THAT low is less likely to meet a benchmark than one that has recently had a job. I'm not saying anything against THIS guy, because he DID meet his commitments, etc....

      , some because they thought she was making him pay for his meals.
      You mean like everyone ELSE has to? OH, THE HORRORS! Money is supposed to BE work! The ONLY reason why it doesn't look like work is because say you sell a home. They give you money, FOR YOUR WORK, and you can then go to a restaurant where they may NEVER have used your services, and give them your WORK(as MONEY), so that they are more able to turn around and do the same with OTHERS. So money IS work!

      BTW, by an odd coincidence, the average meal probably DOES cost roughly 2 hours of work, at the minimum wage.

      I know from my own experiences that most times the people they think you should do more are often doing less themselves.
      EXACTLY!!!!! I once knew a RICH person, that CAMPAIGNED for higher taxes! HE owned a restaurant ALSO, AND a high priced parkinglot, AND a few grocery stores, and who knows what else! ANYWAY, he let it slip one day that mot of his income was CASH, and he did NOT declare it because he didn't want to be taxed. One way he rationalized that was that the bartenders took money, and gave free drinks! I am NEVER going to forget that, and it is my favorite example of such a thing I personally know something about. But he was ADAMANT that people that even people that make FAR less than he does should have higher taxes!

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      • Profile picture of the author ThomM
        Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

        SHE was apparently struggling ALSO! Should she COMMIT to a person that has a HIGH CHANCE OF FAILURE!? Think what you want, but a person that gets THAT low is less likely to meet a benchmark than one that has recently had a job. I'm not saying anything against THIS guy, because he DID meet his commitments, etc....



        You mean like everyone ELSE has to? OH, THE HORRORS! Money is supposed to BE work! The ONLY reason why it doesn't look like work is because say you sell a home. They give you money, FOR YOUR WORK, and you can then go to a restaurant where they may NEVER have used your services, and give them your WORK(as MONEY), so that they are more able to turn around and do the same with OTHERS. So money IS work!

        BTW, by an odd coincidence, the average meal probably DOES cost roughly 2 hours of work, at the minimum wage.



        EXACTLY!!!!! I once knew a RICH person, that CAMPAIGNED for higher taxes! HE owned a restaurant ALSO, AND a high priced parkinglot, AND a few grocery stores, and who knows what else! ANYWAY, he let it slip one day that mot of his income was CASH, and he did NOT declare it because he didn't want to be taxed. One way he rationalized that was that the bartenders took money, and gave free drinks! I am NEVER going to forget that, and it is my favorite example of such a thing I personally know something about. But he was ADAMANT that people that even people that make FAR less than he does should have higher taxes!

        Steve
        I've taken people in who needed help when I was struggling to make ends meet before. A few weren't the most savory people in the world. But they were also trying to better their position and that's the only requirement I have when helping anyone. When I was in the position to hire people (when I had a landscaping business) I focused on people that were in need. I paid them more then min. wage and taught them a trade. They knew when they where hired that the purpose of working for me was to learn a trade and get experience so they could look for a better paying job in the industry. As long as they put in the effort I would also.

        She wasn't making him pay for his meals. he insisted that he pay for them himself.
        Think what you want, but a person that gets THAT low is less likely to meet a benchmark than one that has recently had a job.
        Bull. You may write a person of that has reached a very low point in their lives, but not everyone feels that way.
        I've always told people the reason I moved back to NY from Florida was because I missed the mountains and real soil. That's only a small part of the reason. The rest of the reason is because I had become a drunk. I lived in an abandoned house with no electricity or water. I had to use the woods for my bathroom. I cleaned the floors at a run down bar for drinks and sometimes a little food. I had to beg for money for a bus ticket to get back here. When I did get back if it wasn't for a couple people taking a chance on me I wouldn't have been able to get my life back on track and over come the obstacles I had placed upon me.
        Besides it being the right thing to do, that's why I help anyone that needs help as long as they want to help themselves and regardless of weather I'm struggling also.
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        • Profile picture of the author seasoned
          Originally Posted by ThomM View Post

          I've taken people in who needed help when I was struggling to make ends meet before. A few weren't the most savory people in the world. But they were also trying to better their position and that's the only requirement I have when helping anyone. When I was in the position to hire people (when I had a landscaping business) I focused on people that were in need. I paid them more then min. wage and taught them a trade. They knew when they where hired that the purpose of working for me was to learn a trade and get experience so they could look for a better paying job in the industry. As long as they put in the effort I would also.

          She wasn't making him pay for his meals. he insisted that he pay for them himself.
          I wasn't implying that at all! She NEEDED help, and she gave this guy a chance to help her out, and helped HIM also! It was a WIN/WIN! She said she had him do it for 2 hours because that was all she could afford. After he showed he COULD be trusted, she hired him, IIRC.

          Bull. You may write a person of that has reached a very low point in their lives, but not everyone feels that way.
          It's not bull at all. It is a GIVEN! That does NOT mean I wrote them off. I HAVE helped such people.

          I've always told people the reason I moved back to NY from Florida was because I missed the mountains and real soil. That's only a small part of the reason. The rest of the reason is because I had become a drunk. I lived in an abandoned house with no electricity or water. I had to use the woods for my bathroom. I cleaned the floors at a run down bar for drinks and sometimes a little food. I had to beg for money for a bus ticket to get back here. When I did get back if it wasn't for a couple people taking a chance on me I wouldn't have been able to get my life back on track and over come the obstacles I had placed upon me.
          Besides it being the right thing to do, that's why I help anyone that needs help as long as they want to help themselves and regardless of weather I'm struggling also.
          Well, if you really look at what you wrote there, you will see you ADMIT you were a chance, a risk, and tended to go against even your OWN interests.

          I'm glad you got out of that though.

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  • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
    I applaud her efforts and hope it continues to go well for her, and that she does not have employees/relatives she's exposing to a bad guy.

    I hope he does not get overly tempted by the money from a big lunch day or something,
    especially since he and his woman are homeless and addicts.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    I applaud her as long as her motives were truly altruistic. Because you have to wonder how this got on the news. We all love a good press release to boost our businesses.

    Cynical, I know

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    Never judge a book by its cover. People deserve a second chance.
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    I wonder if he killed her yet.
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