We were in a small coffee shop. Two customers arrive.
"5 coffees. 2 for us, 3 pending". They pay for 5 but take only 2.
"What's a pending coffee?" I ask. "Wait and see".
More customers. Two girls get their coffees, they pay normally.
After a while. 3 lawyers ask for 7 coffees.
They only drink 3, but paid them for the 7.
While we were talking. A poor man enters the shop.
With a soft voice he asks
"Do you have any pending coffee?"
This type of charity was born in Napoli (Naples, Italy).
People pay in anticipation for the coffees and even meals to others who can't.