The “Old Coots” set up their stall in Tony Caputo’s Market and Deli in Salt Lake City every summer Saturday and give the advice they promise to be not what you may expect—but indeed free of charge.
Over the years of daily get-togethers at Tony’s, a community of senior citizens known as the “Old Coots” has established a profoundly special bond. They would spend their coffee time together discussing how to “solve the problems of the world.”
Their specialty could have ended up in the wastepaper basket, that is, until they decided it was time to move the usual coffee gatherings to a local market every Saturday when summertime hits.
“Actually, it was more of a joke,” one member of the club said. When they first started, they did not expect the booth would be able to attract many visitors, yet “and lo and behold.”
“One person, then 2 persons, then 3, and then they formed a line,” one member said.
Beyond the members’ first expectation, their stall has become one of the most popular attracts and people would flood to the “Old Coots” for their wisdom on nearly everything, from relationship decisions to world problems.
The seniors would grant their visitors with their specialty: the free but probably bad advice, precisely what they would usually converse upon before they moved their routine coffee table to the market.
One time, a man came to their desk and asked for advice on the foxes that had been digging in his lawn. The wise solution from the Old Coots? Get a new house.
If one may ponder the key to contentment in life, the Old Coots knew too well just the answer: “Put your money in bitcoins!”
Present the seniors with any questions, and the inquirer would receive laughter. But it is not always an easy task even for giving “bad advice.”
“And sometimes I think, for all of us, we hear a question and we go, ‘How are we going to answer that?'”
The stall members said that young people would most likely visit them for serious life advice. They concluded the most common, but honest concern, among the youngsters are unfaithful life partners and how to raise their offspring.
When a mother came up to them and genuinely asked how to avoid messing up her kids’ life, the Old Coots gave her a thoughtful consult. “You’re going to mess him up a little bit and that’s how they grow,” they said.
As the banner promised the seniors would give “probably bad advice,” their advice may seldom be the opposite of an inapplicable suggestion.
The Old Coots’ Facebook page has reached more than 3,000 followers by now and in March last year, the seniors had appeared on Good Morning America and treated its viewers with their hilarious consultancy.
This story was first shared by CBS News last year.