Aside from napkins, a cup of water is the very least anyone can ask for from a mega-corporation like McDonald’s. When you ask for a cup of water, you should be handed one, no questions asked, but that wasn’t the case at a UK McDonald’s last week.
Jonathon Pengelly of Cardiff, UK, had his life changed after a late-night McDonald’s run led him to meet Polly, a homeless woman who asked for nothing more than some hot water from the restaurant. After being rudely turned down, Pengelly did the decent thing, and offered to buy her a burger, and get her the water.
Jon sat outside in the winter cold with Polly and her friend, just taking time to get to know them a bit. While Pengelly didn’t specify what they talked about, he said it made him break down and cry.
Jonathon was moved by them so much, he then invited the two back to his house, where he let them shower and brush their teeth. He prepared them a few days-worth of food, gave them blankets, and promised them he’d never let them go hungry again.
He said, in all, it probably cost him 20 euros to do all that for them, and the couple he helped said they had “never felt so appreciated” in their lives.
The Facebook post was a rollercoaster of emotion, and his final feeling was disgust toward the people who pass by the homeless and mock them. Jon took the time to do something nice for someone less fortunate, met incredible human beings, and encouraged other to try the same acts of kindness.