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