These young people were distressed to find out that “Hercules’ Fancy Grocery” in the West Village, run by Hercules himself, was about to go out of business due to old unwanted stock and dire financial troubles.
Hercules was a beloved fixture in the West Village who’d been there forever and they didn’t want to see him have to go.
One of them, Jody, happened to be friends with Kyle MacDonald, the guy who famously used the internet to trade one red paperclip for a house. She called him up, and soon she, Kyle and 3 other friends were sitting together in the West Village, trying to figure out how to creatively solve the problem.
What they came up with was nothing short of brilliant: buy everything in the whole store.
Then, put it all into a local art gallery, and sell it off online to raise more funds, which would go to help Hercules Fancy Grocery reopen.
It’s unclear just how they raised the cash to do it, but one day not long afterward they walked into the store with a briefcase full of cash and proceeded to buy every single item on the shelves.
Watch the video and you can watch them buying the entire store out (it’s condensed so you can see it all in 2 minutes).
I know lots of us dream of doing something like this to save someone in a desperate situation, but how many times does it actually happen?
Well – I know of one other instance where a similar thing happened…it was where a friend of mine called me up in a desperate situation at 3 o’clock in the morning and we had to figure out something fast.