In March 2016, a homeless man wandered into Abi’s Cafe in Minneapolis. He right looked at the owner, Cesia Abigail, and asked her for money.
Though she felt an instant connection with the man who lived on the streets, Cesia could not offer Marcus any money.
Cesia had been struggling to keep her Salvadoran restaurant afloat. She was exhausted, overworked, and underpaid. But she was short-staffed that day and needed a hand.
“Why don’t you have a job?” Cesia replied. “You know nothing is given to me for free, right?”
Marcus proceeded to explain to Cesia that while he would love nothing more than a job, his history of felonies made it nearly impossible to convince employers to hire him. To stay alive, he was forced to turn to stealing and panhandling.
Instead of turning Marcus away, Cesia decided to do something so incredible that her story went massively viral.
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