I came across this story, when someone shared. I felt, ‘hey, what an idea’, awakening my conscience…hence sharing
I sat with my friend in a well-known coffee shop in a neighbouring 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. As soon as he left, the waiter pasted 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 the two cups of coffee but paid for three and left. This time also, the waiter did the same; he pasted 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 dust 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 swell 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.
Probably the most beautiful wall you may ever see anywhere….!!!
It is what makes us human…….
After going through this story, as usual I was curious to check if there is any video on youtube about this venice café. To my surprise, I found three videos from different parts of the world, promoted by different big brands that is dramatization of this story……
How I wished, the brands themselves did a ‘coffee on the wall’ order as often, than waiting for someone to order one!! Will they ever do?
How about introducing ‘a plate of idli or puri on the wall or even better, Vada Pao on the wall’ in every road side restaurant or eatery, whenever we visit one.
CAN WE ALL CREATE, an ‘ON THE WALL’ MOVEMENT? That will be more beneficial! Sure we can do it.