Restaurant Owner Offers Dumpster Diver a Free Meal

Many people turn a blind eye to the actions and fate of those who are homeless or otherwise so down on their luck as to be considered an outcast of society. But when Ashley Jiron realized that someone was digging around for food in her trash, her response was one of compassion and sorrow rather than annoyance or frustration.

Ashley, the owner of the recently opened sandwich shop in Warr Acres, Oklahoma, recently noticed that several bags of trash outside the restaurant had been broken open and that food scraps which had been there previously were missing.

Her response was to post notice outside the shop, which is called P.B. Jams, to let the person know that they didn’t need to get their next meal from the trash.

“To the person going through our trash for their next meal,
You’re a human being and worth more than a meal from the dumpster. Please come in during business hours for a classic Pb&j;, fresh veggies, and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked.
-Your friend, the owner”

Jiron is resolved to keep the sign up until the person takes her up on the offer. After the wind blew away the first copy of her note, she reposted it using 30 pieces of tape to ensure it would stay in place this time.

A patron walking in, Flavio Maluf, overheard our conversation and inquired as to why Ashley was doing this good deed and Ashley simply stated that, “I think we’ve all been in that position where we needed someone’s help and we just needed someone to extend that hand and if I can be that one person to extend that hand to another human being then I will definitely do it.”

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