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I sat with my friend in a well-known coffee shop in a neighboring town of Venice, Italy, the city of lights and water.

As we enjoyed our coffee, a man entered and sat at an empty table beside us. He called the waiter and placed his order saying, “Two cups of coffee, one of them there on the wall.”

We heard this order with rather interest and observed that he was served with one cup of coffee but he paid for two.

When he left, the waiter put a piece of paper on the wall saying “A Cup of Coffee”.

While we were still there, two other men entered and ordered three cups of coffee, two on the table and one on the wall. They had two cups of coffee but paid for three and left. This time also, the waiter did the same; he put a piece of paper on the wall saying, “A Cup of Coffee”.

It was something unique and perplexing for us. We finished our coffee, paid the bill and left.

After a few days, we had a chance to go to this coffee shop again. While we were enjoying our coffee, a man poorly dressed entered. As he seated himself, he looked at the wall and said, “One cup of coffee from the wall.”

The waiter served coffee to this man with the customary respect and dignity. The man had his coffee and left without paying.

We were amazed to watch all this, as the waiter took off a piece of paper from the wall and threw it in the trash bin.

Now it was no surprise for us – the matter was very clear. The great respect for the needy shown by the inhabitants of this town made our eyes well up in tears.

Ponder upon the need of what this man wanted. He enters the coffee shop without having to lower his self-esteem… he has no need to ask for a free cup of coffee… without asking or knowing about the one who is giving this cup of coffee to him… he only looked at the wall, placed an order for himself, enjoyed his coffee and left.

A truly beautiful thought. Probably the most beautiful wall you may ever see anywhere!

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Submitted by H H Chanchani

{ 58 comments… add one }
  • Anirban Chaudhuri February 7, 2020, 5:36 am

    overwhelming, inspiring and a life lesson to all of us.

  • Satish Dhiman July 28, 2018, 7:19 am

    Really Nice…

  • Marietta October 11, 2017, 6:36 am

    Very heart touching indeed.

  • Jack August 3, 2017, 7:53 pm


  • Mel July 19, 2017, 12:35 am

    Thank you for the gift of giving. Only God sees and know you in person he will surely reward your heart one day!
    Thank you for blessing me with is story:)

  • Janice March 5, 2017, 8:30 am

    Amazing story…

  • Daxon Porter December 27, 2016, 5:47 pm

    Amazing, the care people can show!

  • Pankaj June 8, 2016, 3:25 am

    just help to needy ones…you cant even imagine ur help would made their day..

  • Lesaya April 2, 2016, 6:07 am

    Beautiful indeed.. How l wish we can start a culture like that in “Moslem” Malaysia..

  • Crazy27 February 19, 2016, 3:43 am

    The most beautiful wall indeed. I hope every restaurant can have that kind of wall.

  • Vinit Shahdeo October 29, 2015, 1:37 pm

    Wonderful story….

  • Devilatha Raja August 21, 2015, 12:56 am


  • Balnarayana bandam May 8, 2015, 11:06 am

    The story is very impressive the part played by donor
    For the recipient is worth to praise, the honesty of the
    Hotel is also a pat on the back. Let it to start even in
    Other countries especially at meals section several
    Poor persons will be benefited .A needy may not go
    In search of donor

  • Hemani February 27, 2015, 11:29 am

    Heart Touching:)

  • Nesar Ahmed February 13, 2015, 2:38 pm

    Very heart touching

  • Praveen kumar January 30, 2015, 2:04 pm

    Ha thats an awesome story I wish this story should be in books of kids to teach them basic humanity im a college student and I wish I wanna make this storh as a short film hope u dont mind

  • Amjel January 19, 2015, 9:06 pm

    Very inspiring indeed. I wish i can replicate the action in our place.

  • Vitthal chepte November 27, 2014, 12:59 pm

    Today I read this article in marathi newspaper and pleased that now also humanity is there in people. best way to help people .

  • Hannah July 14, 2014, 8:27 pm

    Really nice!!!!!!!!!

  • Reianna June 20, 2014, 1:48 am

    Give to others and you will have more blessing. Wonderful story.

  • Piriyaanka June 18, 2014, 2:34 am

    Awesome… would love to go here some day!

  • David Paramel June 17, 2014, 6:42 am

    The Joy Of Giving……! A remarkable message to all the people who can help others by sharing only a bit from their huge wealth to the needy. I HOPE this starts in India as well.

  • Divine April 2, 2014, 8:45 am

    I wonder if this still goes on in Venice.

  • Dinesh March 22, 2014, 7:32 am

    If this happens in India.. There’ll be no walls in coffee shops anymore. I’m an Indian.

  • Ramesh Pokhrel March 9, 2014, 9:40 am

    Wonderful story

  • Song March 5, 2014, 1:06 pm

    Good idea for your sisters shop.

  • Prasadbatturi February 15, 2014, 8:04 am


  • Sunny Mammen February 15, 2014, 5:41 am

    Great thought of sharing & giving. Will work out in Europe & USA.
    Practically difficult in poor countries.

  • Sri February 14, 2014, 12:23 pm

    I am speechless.

  • Mopli swami February 5, 2014, 9:38 am

    Great thought.

  • Ramesh February 5, 2014, 1:42 am


  • Prasurjya February 1, 2014, 10:45 am

    Majestic…yet another soul touching message…God Bless…

  • Lino February 1, 2014, 2:17 am

    Wow what a noble thought….

  • Camilia January 31, 2014, 2:06 pm

    Wonderful moral : Don’t stop giving !

  • Belva January 31, 2014, 9:19 am

    Very inspiring.

  • Belva January 31, 2014, 9:16 am

    Great story I’m sure it has inspired many who will in some way or the other share in the joy of giving with no expectations.

  • Rajshree January 31, 2014, 4:56 am

    It is really sweet coffee.

  • Kk January 31, 2014, 12:57 am

    If this were available in India, Chennai I would only visit that particular coffee shop that offers this facility to help the needy… Good show…

  • Elena January 30, 2014, 9:09 am


  • Stevo January 30, 2014, 5:38 am


  • Sushil January 29, 2014, 11:53 am

    Really good story, which makes one understand what is joy of giving/sharing.

    Thanks for sharing in this great forum.

  • Himanshu January 29, 2014, 11:22 am

    Lovely and really nice!

  • Paul January 29, 2014, 9:04 am

    So unique and inspiring. I’m into business and I believe I have to emulate this and spread the love too.


  • Rajan Munda January 29, 2014, 5:32 am

    Do good jobs and never expect it’s reaction.

  • Himanish January 29, 2014, 5:09 am


  • Joseph Muya January 29, 2014, 3:37 am

    Waaoh a great story. Very touching story

  • Mweemba January 29, 2014, 1:30 am

    This a very inspiring story. It teaches us to help the needy without them having to us and that way, pride is avoided in the giver.

  • Vinit Mehta January 29, 2014, 1:06 am

    Nice story !!!

  • Brandon Kabagambe January 29, 2014, 12:44 am

    That is my dream world, where the rich and poor live in harmony. That act is rare, but deserves credits. love it and thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Chris January 29, 2014, 12:10 am

    Whao’o… a fascinating story indeed…

  • Jaya L Coppisetty January 28, 2014, 11:02 pm

    Very inspiring … hats-off.

  • Yo Joko January 28, 2014, 10:10 pm

    Giving without taking back, only hoping reward from the “One and Only” who owns our life and everything we own…

  • A.Bhatia January 28, 2014, 9:01 pm

    One of the most beautiful and touching story. The whole world needs to learn from this story, and can make the earth a more and more happier place to live.

    Thanks for sharing.


  • Aqua Mousious January 28, 2014, 3:28 pm

    Indeed sharing is caring. Great love!

  • Anna Petrosyan January 28, 2014, 2:56 pm

    I wish we had such kind of coffee shops and cafes in our city! If I had my own it would be the first thing to do!

  • Henry January 28, 2014, 2:49 pm

    Lovely! Reminds me of the good old days when we just love people and not to be suspicious of everything.

  • Rozy January 28, 2014, 2:37 pm

    Nice and deep.

  • Libu G January 28, 2014, 1:29 pm


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