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I was walking through Royal Oak last night, after having visited… - cellophane — LiveJournal
the story of an invisible girl
I was walking through Royal Oak last night, after having visited Memphis Smoke. I'd had the pulled pork, and been unable to finish it, so I took the rest with me. So there I was, carrying my white styrofoam box, and an old man with some kind of veteran license attempted to sell me a little American flag. I shook my head politely and continued walking.

That's when he asked me, "Can I buy your leftovers?" I stopped in my tracks.

He wanted to buy my leftover dinner, without even knowing what was inside the box -- obviously he needed it way more than I did. I handed it to him immediately, "You want my leftovers? You can have them."

He again told me he would buy them, but I refused money. Then he offered me a flag. In retrospect, I probably should have taken a flag just to make him feel more dignified. But I didn't want a flag, and once I knew he was hungry I didn't want my leftovers or any money either.

So I just smiled and wished him a good evening, then continued walking down the sidewalk.
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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: June 19th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very nice of you.
lillyrayne From: lillyrayne Date: June 19th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had a similar experience once I was in chicago and there was bum after bum beggeing for money. Then there was one that wanted money for food or just some food. I was with two of my roommates and we immedietly handed him all of our leftovers. He cried, and we thanked him for asking what we needed and left. My roomate went on to organize a club with another college with culinary majors and theyd make about 50 sandwiches every week and go out and pass them out.
ellison From: ellison Date: June 19th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is such a touching story!
lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: June 19th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
You rock. :)
shadowrose From: shadowrose Date: June 19th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very nice thing to do. :)
ellison From: ellison Date: June 19th, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's great! I'm sure he appreciated it.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: June 20th, 2005 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)
We don't always need the things we have but others do sometimes.
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