Little Caesars is fast food pizza chain that’s popular across the United States. A regular customer is Rachel Nistler, who often goes to one of their outlets in Fargo, North Dakota.
But on her last visit to the restaurant, Rachel saw an unusual note attached to the window. After taking a closer look, she noticed it was addressed to “the person going through our trash.” Moved by what she read, she shared the message online:
“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 couple slices of hot pizza and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked.”
Since opening in 2015, the restaurant has done everything in its power to help homeless people in the neighbourhood. In a show of community spirit, over 15% of the customers leave spare change in a collection box on the restaurant’s counter. The money is then sent to homeless shelters in the area.
In addition, all unsold $5 pizzas are kept in the freezer until someone from the homeless shelter picks them up.
Mike and Jenny Stevens own the business and say all staff have been fully behind the initiative since its introduction.
“You don’t have to feel embarrassed if you’re hungry and you don’t want to stand on the corner for handouts,” said employee Michelle Lussier. “You’re more than welcome to come here and grab a couple slices.”
Mike added that the note has been there for a few months now and it was never intended as a publicity stunt for the restaurant. Instead, he wanted to offer help to those in need.
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