She was asking for alms and going to diners for their leftover meals but when one kind hearted lady bought her a fresh meal, the old beggar couldn’t help but cry.
In a post that has gone viral on Facebook, Carmen Mendez shared how she was having a late night dinner with her boyfriend at a popular restaurant in California when she noticed the old lady asking people if she could have their leftover food.
But her dirty, unkempt appearance made people turn her away in disgust. Not only were the diners unwilling to give her some of the food they couldn’t consume, they also wanted her to go away.
“Not one person said yes, they all ignored her and threw it away it broke my heart,” Mendez wrote.
The young lady added, “I have been volunteering with the homeless now for many years. They don’t repulse me or make me sick to my stomach. I hold them all with so much love.”
So, after the meal, Mendez packed her leftover chicken and tried looking for the old lady but thinking she was gone, the young lady thought of throwing the food away when the beggar came back and asked if she had some leftovers to share.
But while watching the old lady eat, Mendez felt horrible just giving her the leftover meal; so, she decided to buy the old woman a fresh, proper meal. She invited the woman inside the restaurant, told the staff not to make her get out, and proceeded to buy her a meal.
When the fresh meal arrived, the old lady was so overcome with joy that she could not stop her tears from falling. She hugged Mendez in gratitude.
What are Leftovers?
As the term suggests, leftovers are portions of the meal that were not consumed by the diners. Some diners choose to bring this at home while others simply leave it for the staff to throw away.