I read this article online and just had to share it with you all. I am not the original author.
One day, I sat with a friend in a famous cafe in Los Angeles, sipping coffee. A man came in and sat at the table next to us.
He called the waiter and said, “Two coffees; one is for the wall.” His way of ordering coffee was so novel that we could not help but pay attention. We soon noticed that he was served only one cup of coffee, although he paid for two. As soon as he left, the waiter taped a piece of paper to the wall. It read: A cup of coffee.
Then two more men came in and ordered three cups of coffee, two to drink and one for the wall. They, too, paid for all three cups of coffee. The waiter dutifully pasted a piece of paper with “A cup of coffee” written on it on the wall. This was clearly a popular trend, but it surprised and puzzled us. However, as it was none of our business, we finished our coffee, paid for it, and left.
We had another chance to visit the coffee shop a few days later. While we were enjoying our coffee, a man came in. Unlike the shop’s regular customers, he was clearly a poor man. He sat down, looked at the wall, and said, “A cup of coffee on the wall.” The waiter brought him his coffee respectfully, as was usual for all patrons.
The man finished his coffee and left without paying for it. We watched in amazement as the waiter lifted a piece of paper from the wall and threw it into the trash can. The truth of what was happening finally dawned on us; the respect that the local residents had for people experiencing poverty moved us to tears.
Coffee is neither a basic social need nor a necessity for life. However, one must remember that whenever we enjoy something nice, we should all think of others who also enjoy such things but cannot afford to pay for them.
According to the coffee shop’s wonderful system, when a poor person comes in, he or she doesn’t need to humiliate him or herself by asking for a free cup of coffee. The person just needs to ask for what has already been paid for.
The cup of coffee thus paid for is called suspended coffee. You pay for it but do not need to know who will enjoy it. This is the world of love and beauty.
[Note: Coffee was bought in advance to help warm those who could not afford it. It started in Naples, Italy, and has spread all over the world.]