“Suspended Coffee”

“We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter:

‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’

They pay for their order, take the two and leave. I ask my friend:

‘What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?’

‘Wait for it and you will see.’

Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers — three for them and four ‘suspended’. While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks ‘Do you have a suspended coffee?’

It’s simple — people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal.

33 Comments on “Suspended Coffee”

  1. Well isn’t that cute! Now I know I can walk into any Starbucks and get free coffee from a liberal!

    Do I need to be un-bathed and scraggly looking or do I need to clean myself up a bit first?

  2. During inclement Chicago weather, there are suspended killings, but it’s unclear which anti-gun leftist urban center it spread from.

  3. Cool. I will bring a bar of soap to the next Stubark’s that I visit and tell them to put it on the “Suspended” shelf.

  4. Well aren’t libs just special!!!…I think I’ll walk into Spagos and see if they have any suspended Kobe steak dinners…why does this old expression come to mind… “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”

  5. While Snopes.com claims this is “true”, I don’t think there’s much of it going on.

    While Libs love to nurture their white guilt, they’re notoriously cheap when it comes to charity.
    I’m reminded of Bill Clinton, who generously donated his used underwear to charity, and asked for a tax receipt.
    LOSER! He should have sold them on e-Bay.

  6. Not sure what his drawers woulda brought, but I’m betting Monica’s blue dress would get bid up pretty high. Ain’t this some world we live in?

  7. Why enable this behavior, I certainly don’t. I just love those really fat people who stand on a corner with a sign that says “hungry.” I always turn to the person in the car with me and say “he doesn’t look like he’s ever missed a meal.”

  8. Make a liberal’s head explode:

    Tell him that you heard that Sarah Palin and even George W Bush himself NEVER pay for their coffee because they believe their coffee is owed to them.

  9. | “…At least this form of charity is voluntary…” |

    Until Starbucks decides to add a “suspended” tax on all items purchased. As Norman said, libs insist that everybody share in the pain of compassion.

  10. I have no problem with this, in general.

    It’s their money and their choice to spend it however they want. There are no “administration” costs and the businesses probably make out well on suspended drinks that never go claimed. At least for a while.

    Ah, and there’s the problem. Subsidize something, and you will get more of it. How long until word gets out that a certain coffee shop has “suspended” (free) drinks? How long until that coffee shop is overwhelmed with people wanting one of those free drinks? What happens to paying customers who decide they don’t want to go to that coffee shop because of all the people hanging around waiting for something free?

    How long until we have a President “focused like a laser” on the pressing issue of “coffee inequality”?

  11. Man, I hope the Porsche dealership now the street has a nice “suspended” 911 waiting for me.

    REgressives are so weird, it’s like they’re a different species.

    Check out Walter E Williams latest, conservatives and REgressives just do not have common ground.

  12. So how do we know that the counter person will pass this generosity on to the next patron and not put it in their own pocket?

    Oh, that’s right, only the 1% steal from society.

    If I can’t buy it myself, I don’t want it. But thanks anyway.

  13. I’m not gonna Scrooge on this, because there’s nothing wrong with charity of any kind, but this is definitely the kind of thing that liberals talk about and try to guilt other people into but never do themselves. I bet it was conservative/normal people who started quietly doing this.

  14. The bums in New Orleans had that beat. I would order a hamburger, that I could barely afford. When I sat down to eat, they would crowd around the table till I left, usually soon as they had lice. Then they would take the burger and fries. But, I pulled the same trick. We would go to the coffee shop in the Quarter and wait for the tourist to get up and leave and hurry over and take their beignets before the waitress could get them. That is what medical students did to survive.

  15. This act would have a better return value just to give it to the next person in line, not a beggar.

    The next person in a Starbuck’s line might be inspired to pass it on in a creative, generous way; the beggar will only return.

  16. If I’m very poor, why am I at a coffee shop in the first place? Seriously- If you want to do that, wait til you get a visual on someone at the grocery store or a fast food place trying to scrape together $2 in change for a sammich.

  17. Good idea!!!
    Now progtards are subsidizing employee theft!!!!

    Bigfurhat: No. Sorry, no more sus-buuuuuuuurpppp-pended hamburgers.

  18. How do those generous libtards know that the counter person isn’t pocketing their “suspended” money?

  19. Also, can we please stop calling the greasy-haired sunken-chested pimply kid with the skinny jeans and wool hat a “barista” as if he’s gone abroad to some sort of institute of higher learning ?

    Please. He is a few Krupps handles away from being a McDonald’s employee.

    “oooooooo, look, he made a swirl in the foam with a toothpick and it sorta looks like a swan. Give him a LIVING WAGE… He’s a GENIUS!”

    I swear, if I worked at McDonalds I’d make origami out of the burger wrappers and put them on the tray and walk around looking smug.

  20. @BFH, thanks for crapping on the “barista” thing.

    I’ve found it obnoxious since the days of “Frasier”.
    Picture a “barista” at an interview for a REAL job…

    Boss: “I see on your resumé that you’ve worked as a barista. What exactly did your job entail?”

    SCPK (sunken-chested pimply kid): “I worked in Client Services, at a one-on-one level at Starfuckers.”

    Boss: “Oh, I get it…you were a coffee jockey.”
    NEXT !

  21. Aww, what a nice, warm ‘n’ fuzzy story of epic altruism!

    Auntie Yonkers isn’t buying it. I do not want to donate coffee to someone I haven’t met. I simply could not sleep at night thinking that I had enabled the caffeine addiction of a Sarah Lawrence student, a criminal, a libtard, sone dickwad who voted for Obama twice, etc.

    Let these losers buy their own damn coffee. I will continue to donate to organized charities that express my own personal values.

  22. Think of all the suspended cups of coffee sitting at the bottom of a McDonald’s waste bin. Free refills, holmes.

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