Restaurant Owner Leaves Note for Hungry Dumpster Divers: Come In and Eat for Free

Ashley Jiron, a sandwich shop owner in Warr Acres, Oklahoma, one day found that someone had torn open the shop’s trash bags and taken out some food from the dumpster behind her building, according to TV station KFOR.

Instead of ignoring it, she put out a sign on her front door. It reads: “You’re a human being and worth more than a meal from a dumpster.” She then invited the person to come into her shop and have “a classic Pb&j, fresh veggies, and a cup of water at no charge.”

The sign, and Jiron’s kindness, soon went viral on social media.


“It really hurt me that someone had to do that,” says Jiron. “I think we’ve all been in that position, where we needed somebody’s help, and we just needed somebody to extend that hand. And if I could be just that one person to extend that hand to another one human being, and make their day just better then I’ll definitely do it.”

Determined to keep her helping hand extended, she says she will not take down the sign until the person comes in.

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