Friday, October 19, 2007

August, 2007 One glass of water

I went to a local sandwich shop to get lunch when a homeless man walked in and asked the lady behind the counter for a glass of water. It was around 98 degrees and hot. I will admit, he looked a little frightening with his hair in tangles, tears in his clothes, holes in his shoes, and was in need of a bath. He said he was thirsty and just wanted some water. It seemed as if everyone in the sandwich shop was staring at him. I didn't want to stare, so I fidgeted with my keys and just awkwardly looked around.

The lady behind the counter looked him up and down and told him, "No. You can't have any water unless you buy something." He apologized and told her he didn't have money, he was thirsty and just wanted a glass of water, he even said please. Irritated, she again said no and told him to leave.

This upset me and I wanted to make it right for him. I bought an extra sandwich and a bottle of water and went to find him. I drove around for about 20 minutes looking for him. I felt sad and couldn't eat until I found him as I didn't feel right eating my sandwich when I knew he was hungry.

I finally found him and asked it he wanted a sandwich and some water. He was happy, I was happy and that lady is still a horrible human being. How heartless she must have been to turn someone away from a glass of water. One glass of water.
(c)2007 Cindy Breninger. All Rights Reserved.


--Olivia said...

I totally agree with you, it is only one glass of water. Like really, who would it hurt, it is not like he is asking for something really expensive, its the least she could do.

bluecoffeemug said...

that was so nice of you..there have been times when i too have been in similar situations but somehow i never managed to do what you did, keep the good work going, world needs people like you

Ron Southern said...

I had a moment's horror that you had the sandwich in hand and had let him get away! Glad you were so nice!

NeoAuteur said...

I applaud you for your benevolent act. If only there are more people like you in the world -- sighs.

Rose said...

That was nice of you. Last week some people took the money from a homeless girls can. She was crying and we gave her the money they took.

pat said...

We all need to remember to "pay it forward"...nice friendly blog!!!