Several news outlets picked up the story, including national network CBS: Cesia Abigail, owner of Abi's Cafe on East Lake Street, gave a homeless man a job rather than giving him money. As the story goes, when he came in to ask for a handout, she said, “Why don’t you have a job; you know nothing is given to me for free, right?”
The man replied that he had several felonies on his record, and for that reason could not get a job. So he had to either solicit money, or steal it. Abigail offered him a job washing dishes, and now she and her new hire Marcus are local celebrities.
When she shared the story on her Facebook account, Abigail wrote: "God gave me this blessing so why can't I bless others? ;p this is what should break the internet, We want change? Well, start by making one."
She may just have got what she bargained for. To date, the Facebook post has received 155,000 reactions and 45,937 shares.
Abigail says that while she meant to give Marcus a blessing, the blessing has really been hers. She's since given him a permanent position, and she says that he's shown up on time every day, even purchasing his own lunches (at a discounted price) from the restaurant.
Abigail has also set up a Go Fund Me account to assist in getting Marcus a place to live and other necessities. She was unsure how much to ask for so she set the goal at $1,000. To date, the donations exceed $3,000. The campaign is titled: "A hand up, not a hand out."
Abigail's restaurant, Abi's Cafe, has also been inundated with business since the story broke. She has recently posted a plea to customers asking for patience:
Not only has Abigail been blessed with a new reliable employee, business is booming thanks to a single act of kindness.
Karma. It's real.
1532 E. Lake St., Minneapolis