Cafe owner hires homeless man after hearing his story

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN (WFLA) – When a homeless man asked a Minneapolis cafe owner for money, he received something even better.

The cafe owner, Cesi Abi, shared the story – with a touching photo – on her Facebook page Friday. The post has been shared more than 41,000 times.

When the man asked Abi for money, she responded, “Why don’t you have a job, you know nothing is given to me for free right?”

That’s when the man explained he has felonies and has been unable to find work because of them. “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.

So Abi offered him a job at her business, Abi’s Cafe. “His eyes opened wide and his smile made my day,” she explains in her post. “He said, ‘I’ll do anything for some food.’”

The photo Abi shared shows the man working, which he’s been doing for almost two weeks. He washes dishes and takes out the trash.

What Abi writes next in the post will make your day. “Once I pay him, guess what he does? He buys food from my restaurant (HE DECIDES TO PAY) because it makes him feel good,” she explains.

The man receives a discount on the food, she says.

Abi ends the post encouraging readers to take the story to heart. “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,” she says. “Some deserve another shot. God gave me this blessing so why can’t I bless others?” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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