Restaurant Owner Offers Free Meal to Hungry Dumpster Divers

When a restaurant owner realized a dumpster diver was eating discarded food, she posted a sign at her front door.

Why can’t more people be like this?

When an Oklahoma sandwich shop owner found signs that someone had gone into a dumpster behind her businesses, opened a trash bag and pulled out food, she didn’t get angry about it the way some people might have.

She didn’t shake her head at the laziness that must be involved anytime someone falls on hard times.

No, this sandwich shop owner decided to take a different tack.

Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR-TV reported the owner of a restaurant called P.B. Jams left a message at the front door.

The sign reads:

To the person going through our trash for their next meal,

You’re a human being and worth more than a meal from a dumpster. Please come in during operating hours for a classic Pb&j, fresh veggies and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked.

She signed it, “Your friend, the owner.”

Then, on the company’s Facebook page, she posted a request to her fans that if anyone sees someone at the dumpsters, to please let them know of her offer.

“I will NOT take down this sign until this person has come in,” she wrote in that post.

The owner told KFOR it’s likely pride (or perhaps embarrassment) will keep the hungry man or woman from actually taking her up on the offer.

But she says a free meal is “the least she can do” for someone who’s obviously down on their luck.

Beyond this one gesture, however, something even bigger and better has happened. The restaurant launched a “Share The Nuts” campaign. (The restaurant serves some sandwiches built with doughnuts instead of buns, so puns about the second syllable of the word doughnuts abound.) The restaurant’s customers can pay extra for a meal for someone else or just donate money; whenever they do so, a peanut-shaped sticky note is added to a “Share The Nuts” board on the wall. Then, when someone who isn’t able to pay comes in, they can take a tag and get a meal with that.

There’s even a GoFundMe account set up for the campaign, and has raised more than $3,900 in just five days.

If I were in Oklahoma City, I’d make it a point to patronize a restaurant that was willing to do something like this.

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