Donna Manning, a 53-year-old woman known as “that lady who sits outside the Belmont stop” by white people wearing form-fitting athleisure in the summer, is well recognized around the neighborhood. On cold days like these, it’s an inspiration to see working folk walking to the train do their best to help her out. As caring people ourselves here at The Well-Mannered Grump, we would like to take a moment to highlight how some of these small good deeds go a long way.
Rich Guy, Managing Partner of a sizeable law firm downtown, did his part by buying Donna a medium black coffee.
Mone Green, Chief Financial Officer of a prominent bank in the Loop, paid it forward today by buying Donna a medium black coffee.
Manny Coyne, up-and-coming Account Executive of a telephone marketing company just off the Lake Station Red Line stop made one life a little better by buying Donna a medium black coffee.
Rob Baron, Chief Marketing Officer at an advertising company right by the iconic Cloud Gate (The Bean), took his pastor’s advice and treated others the way he would want to be treated. Naturally, he bought Donna a medium black coffee.
Finally, J.B. Pritzker, Governor of Illinois, registered Democrat, partial owner of Hyatt Hotels, and definitely a good guy you can trust, noticed Donna from his helicopter. Being the upstanding and not corrupted individual that J.B is, he sent one of his interns to buy Donna a medium black coffee.
When asked how she felt when selfless strangers continued to put her needs before their own, Donna responded:
“Ya Ya Ya Ya Ya. Pretty nice of ’em, pretty nice of ’em. They were pretty nice to be so so so nice, like real nice, with all the coffee and ya know, coffee. I definitely don’t need any more coffee thanks to the thanks to the, of the, for the nicest strange nice people of the businesses of Chicago. Thanks Chicago!”
— That Woman Who Sits Outside the Belmont Stop
From the hours of 5 to 6 this morning, Donna was given (and felt obligated to drink) five medium-sized black coffees. Each medium black coffee contains 12oz. of pure, unadulterated caffeine! Over the span of one hour, Donna went from cold and homeless to jittery, needing to use the bathroom, dehydrated, cold, and yes, you guessed it, still homeless.
— A Well-Mannered Grump