I came across this story several times while perusing my Facebook news feed. In addition, I then discovered that this article was posted on Mashable by Brian Koerber and was able to uncover more of the back story. I was instantly engaged.
When an Oklahoma sandwich shop owner, Ashley Jiron, owner of P.B. Jams discovered that someone had been digging through her dumpster with bags torn open and some of the food removed, she left a very heartfelt and sincere note on the restaurant’s door welcoming this person into her restaurant. The note stated:
“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 classic PB&J, fresh veggies, and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked. —– Your friend, the owner”
Jirons went on to further tell Fox 13 News that it hurt her that someone had to do that, as she stated that we’ve all been in that position where we’ve needed somebody’s help. She will not take the sign down until someone takes her up on her offer and chooses to come in for a sandwich, veggies and water.
The reason this story reached social media is because a user posted a picture of the owner’s note on the door to Instagram stating, “Saw this outside of P.B. Jams today” with the hashtag, #thatswhatlovelookslike. This post received over 500 likes alone as well as multiple shares on Facebook from just what I experienced. Some comments received were:
This article to me is a great example of how social media can shed light around the bigger, more important aspects of life and how communities come together and engage on a particular issue within social meda. This post created a social conversation between users and established the human connection of social media which is one of the greatest tools that social networking sites have to offer. I’m sure this was not the owner’s intent to gain publicity, but because of her good deed being recognized by others, this could potentially help to increase her business’ brand and authenticity and help to bring in customers who might not have come in otherwise. In the end, I hope this person is able to come forward and take this restaurateur up on her generous offer as well as encourage myself and others to take a step back and be thankful for what we may have.
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