A Little Caesars in Fargo, North Dakota has inspired its local community after posting a sympathetic and generous response to catching a homeless man eating from the dumpster behind the restaurant. Instead of admonishing him, they invited him in for a few free slices.
- Being homeless is one of the worst things that can happen to a person. Imagine knowing you don’t have a warm, cozy house to go home to at the end of the night. You don’t have a bed to sleep in, a shower to get clean in, a kitchen to cook in (or food to eat). Homelessness is a terrible thing that no one should have to go through, end of story.
- Little Caesars wants to give back. Each store in the Little Caesars franchise is privately owned, meaning they’re free to make up their own policies and procedures. The Fargo branch not only arranges for leftovers to go to those in need, but they also collect spare change from customers to help them in their efforts to give back to the local community.
- Many companies wouldn’t have reacted like this. When the manager of the branch noticed a homeless person digging through their dumpster to look for food that may have been thrown away, instead of chasing the man off or trying to prevent such behavior, they posted a kind note on their drive-thru window for anyone who might like to see it.
- The note showcases the best in humanity. “To the person going through our trash for their next meal,” it says. “You’re a human being worth more than a meal from a dumpster. Please come in during operating hours for a couple of slices of hot pizza and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked.”
- All companies should be doing this. There’s so much food that goes to waste in the US, whether it’s because it’s past its best-by date (yet still totally edible) or because it doesn’t look appealing anymore or simply because it didn’t get sold and procedure says it needs to be thrown away. There should be a law making companies donate this food to those in need. Given how plentiful food in this country is, no one should have to go hungry.
— Rachel Nistler (@RachelNistler) August 27, 2017