One man's trash is another man's treasure. This is true in the case of dumpster divers. In the United States, dumpster diving is rampant and while some states consider it illegal, there are some gentle-hearted individuals who choose to lend a helping hand.
P.B. Jams owner Ashley Jiron is one of those people who decided to extend help in her own way. When she noticed that someone had been going through her restaurant's dumpster, Jiron posted a note addressed to the unidentified dumpster diver.
"I had gone to the back to go put some trash in the dumpster, and I had noticed that some bags and containers with food were emptied and gone through. Immediately, of course, my heart sank, and I knew I needed to do something about it right away," Jiron related.
According to the restaurant owner, she was greatly affected by what she discovered. She said that it really hurt her "that someone had to do that."
The note that Jiron posted offered a free meal to the anonymous dumpster diver. It read, "To the person going through our trash for their next meal, you're a human being and worth more than a meal from the dumpster. Please come in during business hours for a classic Pb&j, fresh veggies, and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked. –your friend, the owner."
Jiron said that she will keep the sign up until someone comes in to claim the free meal she is offering. So far, nobody has come forward but her note has been receiving a significant amount of attention on social media. In Facebook, Jiron's post has gotten more than 600 likes and over 200 shares.
The restaurant owner assumes that the dumpster diver might not come in because her post has already gotten too much attention. According to her, "it could be pride." However, she expressed that she doesn't want to hurt anyone's pride. Her only intention is to help them through her own, simple way.
Jiron is a single mother with two young girls. Because of this, she said that she understands the struggle of the unidentified dumpster diver. She recalled her own personal experience as a struggling single parent who had live on state assistance food stamps.
"Something as simple as even just a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is very comforting to somebody," the restaurant owner shared.
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