NEW GLASGOW – It started as just another Saturday morning at BaKED Food Café.
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Owner Sue Kajic, left, looks on as managers Sanja Kajic and Stephanie Cooper sign messages of support and encouragement to Scott Jones at BaKED Food Café in New Glasgow. Jones, who has worked at BaKED since August, was left paralyzed after a stabbing early Saturday morning in downtown New Glasgow.
The smell of coffee and food began to pour out of the kitchen. Then the call came in that one of their employees wouldn’t be coming in to work.
It was Scott Jones. He’d been hospitalized.
No one working knew exactly what had happened as noon rolled around that Saturday, though staff and patrons had been anxiously waiting to hear the latest on their friend.
“I found out he’d been hospitalized when I woke up,” said manager Stephanie Cooper. “I was concerned, but optimistic that it would be short term.”
Optimism gradually turned to sadness as the news came in from family. Jones had been stabbed in downtown New Glasgow early on Saturday morning and has been left paralyzed from the waist down.
“We were all devastated,” said Cooper. “Another employee took his shift and work continued. It’s what he would have wanted us to do.”
Jones started working at BaKED Food Café in August after returning from an ESL stint in South Korea. It was his great personality that landed him the job.
“He’d been a regular supporter of what we do and he loves the environment of the café,” said Cooper. “He was a big fan of us and we were a big fan of him.”
After her shift and when she learned news of Jones’s condition, Cooper went to Halifax where he was hospitalized. She spent the night in the waiting room so Jones’s family could get some much-needed rest. Sanja Kajic, a manager at BaKED Food Café, visited Jones on Monday.
“My message is that he’s in good spirits, wants to laugh and focus on the positive. There’s no point on dwelling on the negative,” said Cooper.
She said a lot conversations with Jones were mostly reminiscing.
“Actually we were talking about how much fun we had on Friday night and into Saturday morning, before the incident,” said Cooper. “There’s not too many things for people our age to do but we had a great time that weekend.”
Most if not all who have visited Jones in the hospital noted his infectious sense of humour. Cooper predicts that there will be a lot of positives to come out of this tragedy.
“Scott is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and is looking forward to getting back to town. To be honest, he’s still listed on our schedule and is welcome to come back here when ready.”
Jones is focusing on what he will still be able to do though paralyzed.
Cooper and Jones’s other friends and family are working to ensure that fundraising and events in support of Jones are coordinated and organized. The site www.supportscottjones.com has been set up for those who wish to donate to a trust fund for Jones. As of Oct. 16, the site has recorded 31,583 visits with $22,000 raised so far.