October 13, 2021
Following his last shift at work, a guy hurries to a restaurant to buy his dinner. A homeless man approaches him and asks for some money to buy some food. However, the man refused but regrets it later.
It has become common to see homeless people holding cardboard signs at storefronts and freeway exits. And while some will part with their money to help the homeless, others are not so keen.
Reddit user Ionlyventinthisacc didn't hesitate to say “NO” when he was approached by a homeless man. However, the Redditor reveals that he ended up regretting his hasty response.
MEETING A HELPLESS STRANGER
The incident happened almost two years ago when the Redditor finished his delivery job for the day. He was hungry so he decided to stop at Wingstop. However, as he was about to enter the eatery, a stranger approached him asking for spare change to buy food.
At a point, the guy wondered if the homeless man was genuinely hungry or whether he pretended to make some easy money at the end of the day.
From what he could see, the person seemed genuinely homeless and in need of help. Redditor Ionlyventinthisacc vaguely studied the stranger's face for a few seconds before ignoring his request.
WAS HE GENUINELY IN NEED?
The stranger sounded as though he was in a hurry to eat or was extremely hungry and hadn’t eaten all day long. But it was the least of the Original Poster (OP) ’s concerns. He explained:
“He sounded like he was in a hurry and wanted to eat quick. This guy had desperation written all over his face.”
At one point, the guy wondered if the homeless man was genuinely hungry or whether he pretended to be to make some easy money at the end of the day. Without thinking further, he shook his head and said no then quickly made his way into the eatery to eat a nice dinner.
“HE HAS TO STAND UP FOR HIMSELF BECAUSE HE’S A GROWN MAN”
The Redditor didn’t find it necessary to reconsider his decision. After a brief wait, he got his order and was more than happy to enjoy the meal. But to his dismay, he spotted the homeless man crying outside. He explained:
“I could tell this guy was genuinely sad, but I realized that he has to stand up for himself because he’s a grown man, and nobody should be taking care of him.”
After a vague stare at the stranger, OP went home. But as time passed, he began feeling guilty for not helping the homeless man even though it was now too late.
FACING SEVERE BACKLASH
People took to the comments to condemn the Redditor for his inhuman act. After reading his post, several people lashed out at him for not supporting the homeless man, urging OP to respond in defense. He explained:
“Homelessness is a huge problem where I live, and I’m one of those people that absolutely do not give money to the homeless. I get paid like [expletive], so I’m not loaded with money, but at the same time, I don’t live paycheck to paycheck.”
One person mentioned how homeless people struggled, and if he didn’t know anything about the man, he could’ve at least helped him buy some food from the menu instead of just ignoring him.
People mostly sided with the homeless man, advising OP that he should've reconsidered his decision instead of walking past the sobbing man.
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