When a homeless man walked into Starbucks, many patrons steered clear of him. One man though decided to speak with him, and the conversation they had will tug at your heart.
In March 2015, Eric Jason Pena was enjoying a cup of coffee at Starbucks when a homeless man and his dog entered the coffeehouse. His presence elicited a few stares and snickers from other customers. Pena, however, decided to approach the man and strike up a conversation.
“He was simply doing what we were all doing, drinking coffee and taking advantage of free WIFI,” Pena wrote in a Facebook post about the encounter.
The homeless man, named David, then began to share with Pena about a recent experience he had.
David had “walked 60 miles from Seattle to Tumwater,” and one day, while in Bellevue, five Seahawks players passed him. One of the players, who said he was a Christian, tried to give him $20, but not before making a “rude comment about him being homeless.” Despite his current circumstances, David didn’t take the money.
While seated at a Starbucks, a homeless man came in and sat nearby. His scent was unpleasant and people looked at him…
“The homeless man told the wealthy Seahawks player that he would not accept money from someone who would belittle him in front of others claiming to be a Christian,” Pena wrote.
Before leaving Starbucks, Pena offered to buy David a meal, which he accepted.
Pena also noticed the worn-down pair of shoes David was wearing and asked David if he would accept a new pair of boots from him. The elderly man agreed.
“After a short drive, I brought him a new pair of boots,” Pena shared. “He had the biggest smile and told Legacy [his dog] that their journey would soon continue.”
While David was putting on the boots, Pena saw David’s socks were “dirty and falling apart.” Luckily, he had some pairs in his car and gave them to David.
Pena shook David’s hand before parting ways. As he walked away, he overhead David telling his beloved pet: “I told you God was going to take care of us.”