Store Owner Lets A Homeless Man Wash The Dishes. But When She Pays Him...

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Everybody deserves a chance.

Cesia Abigail felt an instant connection to the homeless man who wandered into her café. She offered him a job, but what she found him doing afterwards left a permanent fuzziness in her heart.

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It was March 2016. Twenty-something Cesia Abigail was struggling to maintain her El Salvadorian restaurant, Albi’s Café, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A homeless man walked in one day with an outstretched hand and asked her for some money.

Though Cesia felt for the man, she wasn’t in a position to be offering what he wanted. “Why don’t you have a job?” she asked, before telling him that none of what she had was given to her for free.

The man’s name was Marcus. He told her that he would give anything for a job, but his criminal history was making it difficult. Not one employer would trust him, and so to survive, he turned to panhandling and stealing, and was stuck in a grim and hopeless cycle.

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At this point, many would have turned Marcus away. But not Cesia. “I was short staff that day,” she wrote on Facebook. “So I asked him, ‘You want to work? I have a job for you!’”

True to his word, Marcus jumped at the opportunity. “His eyes opened wide and his smile made my day!!!! He said, ‘I’ll do anything for some food.’”

For the next two weeks, Marcus arrived promptly to his two-hour shift and did everything that was asked of him including washing dishes and taking out the trash.

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When she gave Marcus his first paycheck, he used it to buy food from her café. “He buys food from my restaurant (HE DECIDES TO PAY) because it makes him feel good!” she wrote, still overwhelmed by his sense of gratitude.

What’s more, Cesia then witnessed Marcus wrapping up half of his sandwich (bought with his own money) and offering it to a homeless woman. With just one person’s belief behind him, Marcus was respecting himself, aware of his blessings and ready to do the same for others.

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And what has Cesia learned from all of this? “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.

Marcus and Cesia’s story is proof that sometimes, all you need is a chance.

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