A homeless man got more than he bargained for when he entered Cesia Abigail’s cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Cesia Abigail, a cafe owner in America’s Midwest, said a homeless man named Marcus came into her restaurant asking for money. Instead of showing him the door, she hired him and paid him for his labor.
“Why don’t you have a job? You know nothing is given to me for free, right?” Abigail told Marcus.
Marcus explained that no one will hire him due to his criminal past so he has turned to the streets where he steals and asks for money, Abigail said.
Despite hitting a rough patch in her business, Abigail decided to offer Marcus, who has been homeless since he was 16, a job washing dishes for the day.
“You want a job? Then I have one for you,” Abigail told him.
Marcus gladly accepted her offer, he said, “I will do anything for food.”
“A lot of people are saying I’ve been a blessing for him, but at that point, I was the one who needed a blessing,” Abigail told CBS News.
On his first day, Abigail gave him a sandwich, but before eating, he wrapped half of it in foil and ran outside to give to another homeless woman.
“That really touched me,” Abigail recalled.
“Once I pay him, guess what he does? He buys food from my restaurant (HE DECIDES TO PAY) because it makes him feel good!” Abigail wrote on Facebook.
Over the following two weeks, Marcus continued working for Abigail on daily two-hour shifts. Abigail then decided to make his position permanent.
“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 said if restaurants and businesses don’t do anything to help the less fortunate, they risk becoming part of the problem.
Marcus still has a long way to go to turn his life around, Abigail shared.
“It’s going to be hard for him to let go of whatever addiction he has,” Abigail said. “I want to help [him], but [he] needs to want to help [himself.]”
The pair decided to take 10 percent from his paycheck and set it aside so Marcus can start learning to save his money.