A homeless man scavenging for restaurant scraps gets fresh food for free

Restaurants are notorious for wasting food instead of giving it to those who need it. Some restaurants do give whatever is left over at the end of the night to those in need, but these establishments are few and far between.

One restaurant recently bucked tradition to offer a person in need not just a little food, but a humanizing and uplifting dining experience.

A homeless man’s humble request to an employee

Photo by Antony Trivet

Being homeless, without possessions, and constantly in need can sometimes feel like being invisible. Whether it’s out of fear, guilt, or just plain misunderstanding, people may avoid eye contact or interaction with the down and out.

When a homeless man showed up at El Sur Street Food Co in Arkansas, he was hoping for a little charity. He went to the register and asked if they had any leftover food they were willing to give him.

The cashier looked his guest over and told him he’d like to pay him to get a fresh lunch instead. He told him to look at the menu and order whatever he wanted, then went on to make several recommendations, offering the restaurant’s most popular and filling dishes.

After the homeless guest ordered, the cashier asked him if he wanted to eat there or get takeout. The guest was low-key and said he didn’t want to bother anyone or make other guests feel uncomfortable. The restaurant employee assured him that he was a customer like any other and deserved to eat comfortably.

How one employee proved the importance of treating people with dignity

Another guest overheard the exchange and took several photos, which were then shared on social media. The story quickly went viral, with commenters expressing how proud they were of the restaurant employee.

“A human being, just being human. We need to make stories like this more common. I hope people in the community will visit this place and show support for this business. We need more people like this in the world,” said a commenter on Reddit.

This story serves as a reminder that all people in this world deserve dignity and to be treated as human beings. No one person is inherently better than another.

So when we are given the opportunity to show kindness and treat our neighbor as worthy, we should follow the example of this restaurant employee. Treat people with dignity and we will be treated with dignity in return.


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