Casey Fischer shared her story of how she bought a coffee for a homeless man sat outside her local Dunkin’ Donuts. In a now-viral Facebook post, she saw the man was picking things off the ground, and when she got closer, Fischer realized he was picking up change. After she entered the coffee shop, the man came in and counted his coins, but he didn’t say anything. Fischer then said she bought him a coffee and a bagel before having a conversation with him. And she was shoked when she get he was planning to kill himself.
“Today I went to Dunkin' Donuts and saw a clearly homeless guy sitting on the side of the road and picking up change. - wrote Casey Fischer in her Instagram. - Eventually I saw him stroll into Dunkin, as he was counting his change to buy something I began to get super annoying and talked to him over and over again even when he didn't really want to talk. Since he had maybe $1 in change I bought him a coffee and bagel and asked him to sit down with me. He told me a lot about how people are usually very mean to him because he's homeless, how drugs turned him into the person he hated, he lost his mom to cancer, he never knew his dad and he just wants to be someone his mom would be proud of (along with another hours worth of conversation.) This lovely mans name was Chris and Chris was one of the most honest & sincere people I've ever met. After realizing I really need to get back to class Chris asked me to wait so he can write something down for me. Handing me a crumpled up receipt he apologized for having shaky hand writing, smiled, and left. I opened his note and this was it: 'I wanted to kill myself today, because of u I now do not. Thank u, beautiful person”.
The heartwarming twist to her tale has seen the post liked and shared almost a million times. It has also inspired hundreds of people to open up about their experiences of kindness as well as how they’ve struggled on during particularly tough times.