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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 02:59 PM

It doesn't sound as enticing as a cappuccino, flat white or latte, but a new beverage called the 'suspended coffee' is set to take cafes across the country by storm.

In a concept born in Naples, Italy, caffeine drinkers not only place their own regular order, they also request a second drink for someone who cannot afford to pay for their own.

The idea, which is not just aimed at helping the homeless but those who simply find themselves out of work and broke, for example, spread to Bulgaria and, thanks to the power of social networking sites, is beginning to take off in Britain and around the world.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 03:16 PM

I thought the homeless prefered alcohol?


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 03:19 PM

I don't know what that is going to do except take him away from his begging job.  Maybe if you bought him a full breakfast?


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 03:52 PM

poverty and homelessness, the poor and the needy. No-one understands and everyone thinks they have the answer.
I guess every tiny little bit of humanity and caring, is something, better than nothing.  :(

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 05:57 PM

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To the people with wrong perception of homeless:  
It’s funny how one’s life can change literally in a second.
God forbid you learn that from your own experience.    

I’m the first that would agree to solve professional beggars problem in the most illiberal fashion, but they are exactly the opposite of common people who were hit by life and ended up poor. Some poor people are just morbidly lazy, yes, but most are trapped in deliberately ruined economies.
I’d never label all poor or homeless as deserving their misfortune or unworthy of help. Everyone needs some help from time to time. There’s no shame or problem there, the problem is that whole nations are going collectively broke and we can’t help each other anymore.

A coffee might seem like nothing, but it’s not about the coffee, it’s about remaining human beings.
Humans are mammals, for forgotten god’s sake, mammals live in herds or packs because such organized life helps their survival. We were not made and/or we didn’t evolve to live alone or to feed on our own kind.
Buy a coffee, save both your future and your soul.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 05:59 PM

i'd have thought crack cocaine was the preferred option.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 06:16 PM

View PostHelen of Annoy, on 31 March 2013 - 05:57 PM, said:

To the people with wrong perception of homeless:  
It’s funny how one’s life can change literally in a second.
God forbid you learn that from your own experience.    

I’m the first that would agree to solve professional beggars problem in the most illiberal fashion, but they are exactly the opposite of common people who were hit by life and ended up poor. Some poor people are just morbidly lazy, yes, but most are trapped in deliberately ruined economies.
I’d never label all poor or homeless as deserving their misfortune or unworthy of help. Everyone needs some help from time to time. There’s no shame or problem there, the problem is that whole nations are going collectively broke and we can’t help each other anymore.

A coffee might seem like nothing, but it’s not about the coffee, it’s about remaining human beings.
Humans are mammals, for forgotten god’s sake, mammals live in herds or packs because such organized life helps their survival. We were not made and/or we didn’t evolve to live alone or to feed on our own kind.
Buy a coffee, save both your future and your soul.

Bless your wee sweet heart Helen. Thank god there are people like you.


Edited by Mistydawn, 31 March 2013 - 06:18 PM.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 06:28 PM

Sounds like a good idea to me.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 06:28 PM

Thank you, Misty, but the truth is I’m an average, awful and selfish person. But even I can see there’s no future for anyone if majority of people are jobless and homeless.
What will accumulated zillions mean in a world of epidemics, illiteracy and uprisings?
Is that what top leaders want?
They obviously never heard of the old one: beware of those who have nothing to lose.

I still have my job and home so it’s still possible to keep me on the leash because of my fears for my family, but if few tiny details go wrong and I become one of the lesser beings in the street, I promise I’ll make it to the news with someone’s throat in my teeth.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 06:42 PM

If a stranger offered you a drink, would you really drink it?


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:38 PM

View PostRlyeh, on 31 March 2013 - 06:42 PM, said:

If a stranger offered you a drink, would you really drink it?

Desperate much? :D

It’s not strangers, obviously, it’s the same waiter that poured the same coffee to me that will pour another one for a guy or a girl who just lost their jobs and can’t afford one lousy coffee.
May that coffee gives them strength, especially if they have kids who need so many small, simple stuff their parents can’t afford – not because they are lazy addicts, in my part of the world there are no jobs.
No jobs, hear me?
We have everyone, from half-literate to engineers running around applying for anything that could bring them any pay and no one gets the job.  
Which part you didn’t understand?
And what do you care, after all, has anyone asked you to buy any coffee (or diapers or antibiotics or a loaf of bread) for someone in need?

Coffee is simple project for starts, it would be great if it would remind people of the necessity of charity in tough times and spread to other, more complex actions.
We have charity boxes in stores, you buy what you need and then if you can afford, you buy little something for the poor. Just a kg of flour or some sugar, anything, and leave in the box. Such boxes are never empty, bless my seemingly rough countrymen. We might be this or that, but we still care.




Edit: by the way, I don’t go out for a coffee anymore, not to mention we don’t go out for dinners anymore, it has become too expensive for our income. It doesn’t bother me, we still can have coffees and dinners at home with the same friends. What bothers me there are more and more people each day who can’t have anything not even at home anymore.
I do not compute how I could possibly ignore that. How I could live in illusion that’s not my problem.

Edited by Helen of Annoy, 31 March 2013 - 07:44 PM.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 09:09 PM

Yes Misty and Helen. There are those who are so desperate and not just for money but for the comfort that someone cares. A cup of coffee might not seem much but it''s the thought that counts.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 10:50 PM

View PostRlyeh, on 31 March 2013 - 06:42 PM, said:

If a stranger offered you a drink, would you really drink it?

That invites a whole new discussion and would depend on the situation and the circumstances?

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 05:28 AM

View PostMistydawn, on 31 March 2013 - 03:52 PM, said:

poverty and homelessness, the poor and the needy. No-one understands and everyone thinks they have the answer.
I guess every tiny little bit of humanity and caring, is something, better than nothing.  :(

The answer 'is' the free market.  Bar none.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 06:54 AM

Yeah, makes total sense. Pay for a coffee for someone with no money (or who is homeless) when coffee has almost zero nutritional benefit. When black it only has around 2 calories for energy, with milk and sugar that only rises to something like 70 calories for energy, and it also costs the price of around 3 dinners (albeit very cheap dinners), or 6 cans of tuna (or more), or over 3kg of potatoes.

Aye, buy people coffee when they have no money. It'll help make the World a better place...

Edited by ExpandMyMind, 01 April 2013 - 06:56 AM.






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