Close Ad

Man Who Bought His Homeless Friend a Coffee Every Week Gets a Surprise From Him - But Then He Finds Out the Truth
Homeless Chef Saves Money Every Day to Buy His Friend a Meal
Uplifting News

Man Who Bought His Homeless Friend a Coffee Every Week Gets a Surprise From Him - But Then He Finds Out the Truth

A weekly coffee ritual turned into an act of extreme kindness for one Glasgow man.

Homelessness is a phenomenon that can feel far away for most of us, but is sometimes closer than we think. All it takes is one bout of bad luck, an illness, or a job loss.

It can be easy to judge those who find themselves living on the street, but it should be even easier to show the less fortunate some kindness.

This was the case with Joe Wilson, who would stop and chat every weekend with a homeless man who stood outside of his favorite weekend breakfast spot. 

Weekly Encounter

One of Joe Wilson’s most treasured weekend rituals is grabbing a special breakfast from his go-to cafe in Glasgow called Old Salty’s.

Each time he goes to pick up his breakfast, he buys an extra coffee, which he gives to a homeless man who sells a magazine called Big Issue, outside of the restaurant. The man, named Daniel, and Joe chat every weekend, and have developed a friendship over time.

Before falling into homelessness, Daniel was a chef. Unfortunately, he lost his job and was living on the streets selling magazines to get by. 

"Joe is such a nice guy, he comes down every week and always comes over for a chat and buys me a coffee. He isn’t a rich guy or anything, he is just a brilliant, kind man," Daniel said.

Paying It Forward

One Saturday morning, Joe went into Old Salty’s as usual to get his special breakfast, when he was told by the cashier ringing him up that his meal had already been paid for -- by Daniel!

Joe was stunned, but still bought Daniel his usual coffee. Joe thanked Daniel, who was smiling ear to ear, for his kindness and generosity. Daniel told Joe that he had won some money from a scratch lottery ticket, and he had decided to use his winnings to treat Joe for all of the kindness he had been shown throughout their friendship.

Joe was stunned when he later learned that Daniel had not actually won any money, he had been putting money aside to be able to show Joe how much he appreciated his weekly chats and coffee. 

Today, I did the same as usual but when I went to pay for my breakfast, the girl in the cafe told me it had already been paid Daniel. He’d won £20 on a scratch card and decided he was going to treat me for a wee change.

Joe Wilson

Showing Appreciation 

Even though Daniel barely makes enough to get by, he wanted to show his appreciation for the kindness shown to him. We can all take a cue from Daniel and be more thoughtful about how we show our love and gratitude to those who improve our lives. 

More from Goalcast:

Hot Stories

Picture of 14 year-olds hugging and a husband and wife with their son and dog

Childhood Sweethearts Marry After a Decade Apart

SWNS and Instagram/ @monicamillington

Life can work in funny ways. Sometimes you connect with someone when you’re young, without realizing how impactful that relationship will be to you years down the road. That was definitely the case for this duo, who went from childhood sweethearts to a married couple after 11 years with no contact.

Keep ReadingShow less
Uplifting News
Couple on a red carpet and a man kissing a woman's head

Jelly Roll Visits His High School Years After He Was Banned

Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage (via Getty Images) and TikTok/ xomgitsbunnie

High school is either one of the best times or one of the worst times of your life, depending on how you lived it. You might have nostalgia for the “good old days,” or you might want to leave that part of your life far, far behind.

For famous country star Jelly Roll, the high school years were especially dramatic. In fact, he’s been quite open in the past about those years of drug addiction and legal battles. Things got so bad that he was actually kicked out of his high school in Nashville, Tennessee.

Keep ReadingShow less
Uplifting News