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Her Story Went Viral After Giving A Convicted Felon A Two-Hour Job When He Was Just Asking For Food

Cesia Abigail / Facebook

He wanted a couple of bucks, she gave him a job.

Cesia Abigail Baires is doing more than just serving up Central American food in her Minneapolis, Minn., diner. The owner of Abi’s Café, a Salvadoran café in the Midwest city, is making sure that she pays it back to the community. It all started when Marcus, a homeless man, walked into her café and asked for money. Rather than give him money, Baires offered Marcus a job to help since she was understaffed. Before Marcus took the job, he opened up about his felony past and Baires gave Marcus a meal. Baires took a photo of Marcus two weeks later and still working at the café and posted it to Facebook where it went viral.

“He told me about his situation. He said he got felonies, and nobody wants to hire him. Especially around this area if you look homeless they won’t even let you in,” Baires told ABC News. “To me that’s unacceptable.”

This is the Facebook post that Baires shared that has since gone viral.

He came in to the cafe one day asking me for some $$. I looked at him and asked him “why don’t you have a job, you know…

Posted by Cesia Abigail on Friday, March 25, 2016

“His eyes opened wide and his smile made my day!!!! He said ‘I’ll do anything for some food,'” Baires wrote about the day she offered Marcus a job. “So now for almost 2 weeks he been on time for his two-hour shift: helping take trash [out], washing dishes etc. Once I pay him guess what he does? He buys food from my restaurant (HE DECIDES TO PAY) because it makes him feel good!”

She continued by writing, “God gave me this blessing so why can’t I bless others? ? This is what should break the internet. We want change? Well, start by making one  team.”

Baires has received an outpouring of support since her story of compassion was shared on Facebook.

Cesia Abigail / Facebook
CREDIT: Cesia Abigail / Facebook

“He has been a blessing for me,” Baires told ABC News. “I don’t see it as me being a blessing to him. I see it as me being blessed, so I can bless him, so he can bless me.”

Even the New York Giants have shown in Minneapolis café owner some love.

Cesia Abigail / Facebook
CREDIT: Cesia Abigail / Facebook

“Just like Marcus, I had my help,” Abigail told CBS News. “I had plenty of people to help make it to where I am today. They believed I could do it. People need to have someone believe in them.”

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Remake Of Classic Television Show Means More Latinos On Netflix


Remake Of Classic Television Show Means More Latinos On Netflix


The trailer for the upcoming Latino reboot of “One Day At A Time” was just released, and Netflix obviously spared no expense bringing the family to life. “One Day At A Time” follows three generations of a Cuban family, from abuela to the millennial teenagers, trying to live together in harmony under the same roof. More often than not, however, clashes between generations lead to tried and true sitcom misunderstandings and laughs. For anyone who grew up in a “Latino” household, the jokes might feel a little too familiar, but this is exactly why producers were attracted to this reboot.

Of the mostly Latino cast, executive producer Norman Lear told The Hollywood Reporter, “I just love the idea because I don’t see enough of that representation on the air anyplace.”


“One Day At A Time” features newcomers Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz as the children as well as veteran actor Justina Machado as their mother. Oscar winner Rita Moreno plays the Cuban-born grandmother, Lydia. Several producers were pulled from other successful shows, such as “How I Met Your Mother,” but the the biggest Hollywood name on board is easily Norman Lear, who created the original show in 1975. Lear, as fans remember, is arguably one the most innovative figures television history, creating the classics “All In The Family,” “Sanford and Son,” and “The Jeffersons.” “One Day At A Time” originally ran for nine seasons, and was praised for its portrayal of a single mother trying to make the most out of life for her and her children.

Over the last few years, Netflix has become the go-to place for TV remakes.


Netflix has worked hard to bring cult classics back to life, like “Arrested Development,” “Fuller House,” and most recently “Gilmore Girls.” Some remakes have been duds, but for the most part fans have binged watch their nostalgic favorites and demanded more. The Latino version of “One Day At A Time” was originally announced in January of 2015, but whether or not fans will flock to the reimagined version of the show remains to be seen. The 13-episode season is set to air starting Jan. 6, 2017 on Netflix.

READ: Here Are A Few Surprises From Pixar’s Upcoming “Coco” Movie

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