A New York Starbucks Worker's Gesture Reminds Us That Kindness Always Trumps Terror

Nothing brings people together like hot coffee.

In the wake of bombings this past weekend in New York and in New Jersey, a Starbucks employee is reminding people that an act of kindness always trumps an act of terror.

A Facebook video published Sunday by KnightNews.com shows a man, who says that he works at a local Manhattan Starbucks, approaching a police barricade on 23rd Street. First responders closed the area of the explosion on 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenue.

"I want to give y'all some coffee and some pastries," the man says to an NYPD officer, a FDNY firefighter and an EMT.

The man, who called himself Germaine, delivered several bags of coffee and pastries to the first responders. Inside the bags were milk, cream and sugar.

While the man said that he wanted to "give a little more" to the first responders, they all thanked him and shook his hand.

As of Monday, the act of kindness was viewed over seven million times.


Commenter Alexander Medina responded to the Facebook video on Sunday and said that the man's name was Germaine Zolkos. Medina wrote that he used to work with him at Starbucks. He also noted that Zolkos is known for caring deeply about the military and first responders.

(H/T: Huffington Post)


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