5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week
A forgiving group of workers and a sneaky pope make the cut
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2013 5:11 AM CST

(Newser) – Tips factor into this week's list more than once, but in very different ways:

  • After Guy Steals Their Tips, Workers Decide to Help Him: When a man stole money from the tip jar at an Ohio coffee bar, the employees didn't react how you might expect: They didn't contact police, but they did start a food drive for the man.
  • Mystery 'TipsforJesus' Diner Drops $54K in Huge Tips: Someone is going around the country leaving humongous tips at restaurants under the moniker "TipsForJesus," and by one estimate, the total is up to $54,000. Think tips like $1,000 on a $152 tab—you can see pictures of the receipts on Instagram.
  • Pope May Be Sneaking Out at Night to Help Poor: This will only help Francis' reputation as everyone's favorite pope: It seems that the pontiff is ducking out of the Vatican at night dressed as a priest to minister to Rome's homeless.
  • Miracle Cat Found in Rubble of Burned Shelter: A Kentucky animal shelter burned to the ground last Friday with 60 animals inside, about half of whom died in the blaze—but nearly a week later, a miracle shows up in the form of Freckles, a 1-year-old cat.
  • Boy, 5, Gets His Dream: to Be a Police Officer: Morgan Steward is confined to a wheelchair, but that wasn't nearly enough to keep the 5-year-old from his dream: He's always wanted to be a police officer, and this week, he was made an honorary one in Covington, Ga. The mayor even administered the oath.
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