An Iowa man shamed two roadside beggars who reportedly turned down his offer of employment…
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An Iowa man shamed two roadside beggars who reportedly turned down his offer of employment.
The man, identified only as “Mike,” spotted the two young men begging for money on the side of the road near a Taco Bell restaurant in Muscatine, Iowa, Detroit News Time reported. The beggars were holding a sign that said “Broke and hungry.”
Mike reportedly approached the men and offered them a job, but they turned it down.
After the beggars declined his offer, Mike made a large yellow sign that read, “Offered these guys a job. They said no. Don’t give money,” and stood next to the men holding up the sign for passersby to see.
The man’s nephew, Michael Wooldridge of Muscatine, posted a picture of the scene on Facebook with the message, “My Uncle Mike offered these guys a job said he was busy right now could use the help they said no so he did this!! Wow don’t give these guys any money!”
Wooldridge added in the comments section of the Dec. 12 post that the two men left and his uncle followed them to their next location.
The Facebook post received over 13,000 shares in two days.
Commenters responding to the post called Mike’s actions “awesome” and “hilarious.”
“Screw that dude,” one poster wrote. “If he wants help with something, he needs to help his self as well…good job for this guy calling out these boneheads.”
The photo has also been posted in a Reddit discussion forum, where users are more divided in their reactions.
“It’s easy to forget that we’re all just one bad decision, action, choice or etc…of being in a bad situation,” one commenter wrote. “I used to be that guy.”
“A large proportion of homeless are suffering from mental health woes,” another user posted. “Not saying everything should be forgiven but a little understanding sometimes helps.”
Other users in the forum questioned whether the photo was a “social experiment” or a hoax.
One poster who claimed to be from Muscatine said the situation had actually occurred, and that the men in the photo had turned down a job offered to them at a local car wash in addition to Mike’s offer.
“They were real jobs with real wages, one place they could have even earned extra take home money in tips,” the poster wrote.