How many of us have heard of the town Karakocan? Today, you will certainly not forget about it. We're traveling around the globe to Turkey, where a small eastern town welcomes its "most valuable customers". Who are these special customers that always have a table reserved even in the busiest hours? Those in need.
This incredible tradition of restaurants inviting the less fortunate to eat free of charge has been passed down from generation to generation. The locals say, it's their way of fulfilling their responsibility to help assist those in need. Mehmet Ozturk, the owner of one of the areas busiest restaurant for nearly 35 years, says he "Always keeps at least three tables reserved for those in need, even during rush hour when his eatery is crazy cramped."
Ozturk shares that this tradition has been around for over 70 years and at this point in time, it's the natural thing to do that they learned from their elders. From regulars who dine their daily, to visitors from all around Turkey, this small Anatolian town never leaves someone hungry. But the giving doesn't stop there.
Hasan Gulbasan, one of the owners of a popular restaurant with roots going back centuries, says the town's long history of giving isn't only about free meals. They've sent aid to Syria or to different parts of Turkey in times of need such as the Van earthquake that left thousands homeless amongst countless other generous acts.
We can all take a step back and appreciate the rarity of this story. While the Western world may have advances in other fields that separate our civilizations, perhaps they have the upper hand with their famous hospitality and generosity. We can all learn a valuable lesson from this town as they surely mimic the lifestyle we strive to achieve here at Be Robin Hood.
This amazing story is sourced from here.