20 Nov 2012

Two cups of coffee sitting on the wall

Author: will | Filed under: blogger, charity, LBC, Links

Its a simple idea, but in Ireland I think it would need to be adapted slightly, simply by putting a closing time on the wall.
What am I talking about well…

Giving is sometimes easy, but you can make it easier. Say you set up a café where you can buy a cup of coffee. Usually you can buy a cup for yourself, but to give back you can buy a cup "for the wall". The wall gets, essentially an IOU. Where the U can claim a cup of coffee later on. Which means someone down on their luck can come in, and order a cup from the wall.

Would you donate an actual cup of coffee?

I am a terrible blogger. Not just content, but frequency. In an effort to combat this I joined with the loosely affiliated "Loose Bloggers Consortium" with the plan of using the blogging deadline to force me to blog more. It hasn't exactly worked. One of the members is Padmum in India. She brought this story from Italy to my attention on the subject of "Pleasure". She is also an excellent blogger, and its an excellent idea.

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Pleasure: Two stories
Cup of Coffee on the Wall
From the Internet
I sat with my friend in a well-known coffee shop in a neighboring town of Venice, the city of lights and water. As we enjoyed our coffee, a man entered and sat on 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 tw…

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11 Responses to “Two cups of coffee sitting on the wall”

  1. Eric Nieudan Says:

    I like the idea. It sounds like something that would only work in India though. I'd be curious to see it here.

  2. Delirious Says:

    At thanksgiving time in the U.S., you can buy extra groceries (non-perishable) and place them in a container in the front of the store. These items are given to the food bank to help the less fortunate.

  3. Will Knott Says:

    Actually Eric, its Italian. Venice to be precise.

  4. Will Knott Says:

    Delirious, we have two similar schemes in Ireland. I think both at run by the VdP (Saint Vincent de Paul Society).

    We don’t do American Thanksgiving in Ireland, but Christmas is the biggie. I think they run a non-perishable goods food bank, and a toy bank in the run up to Christmas.

  5. Rummuser Says:

    I think that it is a brilliant idea. Sadly, in India, down and out folks will not be allowed inside cafes.

  6. Eric Nieudan Says:

    Oh really? I wonder why I read this as India now…

  7. Will Knott Says:

    Probably because Padmum is based in India herself.

  8. Eric Nieudan Says:

    So my brain is not entirely melted. Good.

  9. Rummuser Says:

    Eric, I am an authority on Padmum. She can have that effect on people!

  10. Maxi Says:

    The coffee story fills my eyes each time I read it. With all the heartbreak in the world, to know that love prevails warms the heart.

    Blessings ~ Maxi

  11. K8 Says:

    That’s a great idea. Much like the leave a penny take a penny thing they do in some supermarkets. They stopped that though around here, when the recession started. Weird.

    Sometimes the ideals that seem to make so much sense never really pan out in the end. I guess it’s all about persistence.

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