Homeless man asks Burger King worker ‘What can I get for $0.50?’. The boy’s answer is wise beyond his years

When we come across a person in need of help, we do one of the two things: We try to pretend to look away or to help.

In small ways and big ways, good Samaritans work hard to help the homeless get back on their feet.

This can often come in the form of offering free meals or even serving at a soup kitchen.

A proud mom’s Facebook status has gone viral since she shared her son’s generous act of kindness. He was faced with a situation at work one day where he was given the opportunity to choose kindness, or belittlement. And his decision impacted him in a huge way.

Matthew Resendez was working at Burger King one evening when a homeless man approached his counter.  He reluctantly asked the boy, “What can I get for 50 cents?”

When Matthew heard his question, he had two options. To respond with the basic reality: “Nothing” — 50 cents would not have gotten the man even the smallest appetizer on the menu. But that’s not the response Matthew opted to give.

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An Act of Generosity

Matthew rung up the most hearty meal on the menu — and covered it out of his own pocket.

The story could have ended there. But a diner happened to notice Matthew’s little gesture of kindness and reacted by paying it forward… and tipping him $100!

Upon hearing what happened that day, Mathew’s mom, Michelle Resendez, felt understandably proud of her son. She later took took to Facebook to tell the story.

“Proud mom moment! Matthew worked this evening and a homeless gentlemen walked in the restaurant with .50 cents and asked if there was anything on the menu he could buy. Matthew asked him what he would order if he could and the man said anything would help his hunger pains. So Matthew rung him up for a hearty meal and then used his own debit card to pay for the mans meal. He handed him the receipt and told him to relax and take a seat. The story could end there and It would be a happy ending, but apparently a women watched my son during his random act of kindness. Not only did she write the company to let them know about the caring employee they had working for them, she also rewarded my son with 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.”

It’s possible that if it was a different staff member they would tell the homeless gentlemen to leave the restaurant without a single thing to eat, however Matthew is certainly not one of those people. He is a very exceptional young man who wants to alter the way homeless and poor folks are cared for and he was rewarded due to that.”

Now that’s what I call karma in ‘immediate’ action! I truly believe that when we make the kinder choice, we are all rewarded at the end. Let’s all share this story to remind everyone of this and praise Matthew for his lovely gesture!