- A woman walked into McDonald's restaurant and found a man sleeping on the chairs
- She raised a complaint with the management but they seemed not bothered
- The lady took a photo of the man posted it on Facebook expressing how dissatisfied she was; little known to her the man was struggling financially, having lost his mother recently
- The community united to support the man financially and he even got a house to stay in
A community in the United States has jumped into action to help a homeless man who was shamed on Facebook after he was found sleeping in a fast food cafe, McDonald's in Fayatte County, Georgia.
The woman took a photo of 21-year-old Simon Childs, an employee of McDonald's, who was sleeping in one of the chars in the cafe and shared it on Facebook, suggesting she was not impressed with the food joint.
“Just another reason for me to leave Fayetteville. I was in the McDonald’s in the middle of town and I saw this guy sleeping in the booth,” read the woman's post which was posted in private Facebook page.
Little known to the woman, there was more to the man's story.
Childs, who spoke to WSB Tv, said he wasn't at the highest point in his life, he had just lost his mother and needed to take care of his four-month-old son.
"I've been going through a hard time with my mom passing... Everything I do, I want to work for it," he said.
When he heard about the photo posted on Facebook, he was hurt.
"It kind of hurt to see my picture up there, you know? I thought it was something negative and nobody would care about it," he said.
After the Facebook shaming, his story was aired in the media and when he went back to work he was shocked to see piles of donated diapers for his son, supplies and clothes.
Some donated hotel rooms for him and his son to stay. He also received a car to help him attend job interviews with offers flowing in thick and fast.
Childs said he holds no ill will toward the woman behind the Facebook post.
"I'm not homeless, not now, thanks to her... I didn't think the community would even care enough to do that, but they care," he said.
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