A homeless woman in Cardiff, Wales, went into a McDonald’s restaurant for a sip of hot water and was asked to leave.
A young man who was waiting in line decided that he had to do something for the woman — which resulted in an experience that, as he noted, changed him.
“A lady, clearly homeless, was asking for a basic human right,” Jonathon Pengelly wrote on Facebook back in 2016. His post quickly garnered 189,000 “likes” on the social media site.
“My heart was shattered! So I spoke to her and told her to order what she wanted, expecting her to order everything. I was so shocked. She asked for a single cheeseburger and that was it. We bought as much as we could carry so I knew she wasn’t going to be hungry.”
“I couldn’t just leave this lady go, she was so warming and so lovely,” Pengelly wrote. “So I sat with her, on the cold hard floor, in the middle of winter and you know what I did? I cried my eyes out.”
That’s not where the story ended, either.
Pengelly brought Polly and her friend back to his house to stock them up with food — enough so that she and her friends wouldn’t go hungry for a few nights.
“Polly and her mate have had showers, brushed their teeth and they both said they have (n)ever felt so appreciated in their life,” he wrote. “I’m no saint, but this small act of kindness cost me about ($25.50). I know 90 percent of people reading this will earn about 10 times that a day.”
A McDonald’s spokeswoman told the U.K. Metro that the homeless woman was asked to leave because of previous issues and that “(t)here is no McDonald’s policy to ban or refuse to serve homeless people.”
“Working with the local police, our Cardiff stores have had to ban a number of individuals due to illegal and anti-social behavior, which is why this individual was denied entry to the store,” they added.
Although it’s not generally wise to bring strangers back to your home, it is lovely to see that it turned out so well. Human compassion and kindness are things the world never has too much of.
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