How do you know if you managed to instill the values and virtues into your child as a parent that will help them make the right decisions when faced with moral dilemmas or opportunities to help others? When we hear about our children doing something amazing in others’ service, there’s almost no greater feeling of pride. Suddenly all of our years of hard work pay off. That had to have been what Michelle felt when she first learned about what Matthew, her son, did at work that day. You see, Matthew encountered a homeless man during his shift at Burger King.
He was working the register when a homeless man came in with a handful of coins. It was pretty obvious right away that he wished to order food. However, the man’s coins were not enough to pay for even the cheapest hamburger or anything else on the menu for that matter. However, instead of turning the man away, as many would in that situation, Mathew decided to do something that has folks cheering. After he got off from work, Matthew told his mom about the incident, and Michelle was so overwhelmed with pride that she couldn’t help but share his story with the world.
“Proud mom moment!”
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When the homeless man came up to Matthew with only 50 cents in his hand, the young man didn’t embarrass him; he simply asked what he would like to order. The homeless man replied to anything that would settle his hunger pains.
“So Matthew rung him up for a hearty meal and then used his own debit card to pay for the man’s meal,” Michelle wrote.
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Afterward, the teen handed the man the receipt and invited him to relax in the lobby while he prepared his order. And while this part of the story would be more than enough for a happy ending, it gets even better!
The homeless man walked in the Burger King with 50 cents and asked the young teen if there was anything on the menu he could buy. The teen took matters into his own hands – but had no idea a woman who was watching was about to interfere. https://t.co/r4us4y7eUe
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Matthew was unaware that while he was serving the homeless man, there was a woman watching him. After witnessing his act of kindness, she wrote a letter to the company telling them about what Matthew did. She also gave the young man a very generous tip!
“So proud to be his mom and I can pat myself on the back knowing that I’ve played a part in raising this big-hearted young man.”
Not every teen, or even adult, would have done what Matthew did for this homeless man. He not only provided him with a meal but also did something equally important.
He showed respect for the man’s personal dignity, something that many chose not to do toward homeless folks. Michelle certainly has every right to be proud of her son, and since posting his story, it’s been viewed millions of times and garnered over 162,000 likes. Hopefully, the story of this young man’s kind act will inspire others to do something for someone in that same spirit.
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