On giving something back to the needy and deserving

The thought of how disturbing a sight it is to see middle aged men and women burning the midnight oil working at a McDonalds or a Burger King has been stewing in my mind for a while. I see them and wonder, “man.. they must be having no other alternative than this to be here, at this hour..” They get paid the minimum wage and being in the fast food industry, don’t really see any prospects for receiving tips either.

Most of them must be having families too. So it is indeed plain sad that they are here at this hour when ideally, they would prefer the comfort of family and home. This vast disparity exists even in America and to an extent, almost unfathomable even by someone who is no stranger to these inequalities, coming from India. Sometimes even a curt smile might make their otherwise awful day. And believe me, they do that here – which makes me wonder of the situation back home.

And that’s when I stumbled upon this video.

Two gentlemen who had their charitable donation refunded, decided to do something novel. They decided to tip fast food workers each a $100 and videograph it to see how they react to it. No prizes for guessing, it made for a truly incredible video – got my heart full and eyes moist. Take a look!

PS: They have a really cool channel with a wonderful initiative too. So please subscribe and help the cause as well.

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