Cafe Owner ask Customers to Pay it Forward


A cafe owner in New Mexico is keeping prices off his menu and asking customers to possibly pay it forward.

Inspired by a restaurant in Australia, David Wade McCullough decided to adopt this philosophy serving food with no set prices on the menu. He started a pop-up stand called Food Karma in Albuquerque three years ago. 

McCullough then decided to expand his business and buy a food trailer. And now, Food Karma has finally found a place to call home.

Last week, Karma Cafe officially opened for business. It’s the same concept, but now complete with tables and chairs.

Loyal customers who have been there since the beginning believe in Karma Cafe’s mission. Sidni Lamb said, “It’s a concept of taking care of each other.”

McCullough said running Karma Cafe and Food Karma has really confirmed his believe that people want to do good. He said, “Most people are fair and honest and want to contribute. Event if people are say homeless or struggling, they still want to contribute or pay what they can.”

McCullough said the reason he continues to do it is because he gives people a safe place where they can have something to eat.

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