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!
Submitted by H H Chanchani
overwhelming, inspiring and a life lesson to all of us.
Very heart touching indeed.
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:)
Amazing, the care people can show!
just help to needy ones…you cant even imagine ur help would made their day..
Beautiful indeed.. How l wish we can start a culture like that in “Moslem” Malaysia..
The most beautiful wall indeed. I hope every restaurant can have that kind of wall.
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
Very heart touching
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
Very inspiring indeed. I wish i can replicate the action in our place.
Today I read this article in marathi newspaper and pleased that now also humanity is there in people. best way to help people .
Give to others and you will have more blessing. Wonderful story.
Awesome… would love to go here some day!
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.
I wonder if this still goes on in Venice.
If this happens in India.. There’ll be no walls in coffee shops anymore. I’m an Indian.
Good idea for your sisters shop.
Great thought of sharing & giving. Will work out in Europe & USA.
Practically difficult in poor countries.
I am speechless.
Majestic…yet another soul touching message…God Bless…
Wow what a noble thought….
Wonderful moral : Don’t stop giving !
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.
It is really sweet coffee.
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…
Really good story, which makes one understand what is joy of giving/sharing.
Thanks for sharing in this great forum.
Lovely and really nice!
So unique and inspiring. I’m into business and I believe I have to emulate this and spread the love too.
Do good jobs and never expect it’s reaction.
Waaoh a great story. Very touching story
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.
Nice story !!!
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.
Whao’o… a fascinating story indeed…
Very inspiring … hats-off.
Giving without taking back, only hoping reward from the “One and Only” who owns our life and everything we own…
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.
Indeed sharing is caring. Great love!
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!
Lovely! Reminds me of the good old days when we just love people and not to be suspicious of everything.
Nice and deep.