Employees at a Little Caesar’s restaurant knew someone was digging through their dumpster, but every time they tried to catch the culprit, they ran away. Finally, they hung a sign on the window — and it sure is making waves.
Little Caesar’s is popular for their “Pizza! Pizza!” but one particular location is garnering attention for an entirely different reason. How they decided to handle the homeless people in their community, rummaging through the pizza chain’s dumpster, has left social media in shock.
After the pizza joint locked up for the night, the needy, hungry, and homeless in the community would cautiously make their way to the dumpster. Hoping no one was looking, vagrants would then rifle through the waste, gathering food scraps to eat.
Although this problem isn’t unique to the North Fargo Little Caesar’s location in North Dakota, the way the owner decided to handle it certainly is. Instead of kicking the homeless people off the property and banning them for good or calling the police, the owner of this Little Caesar’s had another idea — and it involved the sign the restaurant posted to their window, calling out the homeless who had been rummaging through their trash.
“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 operating hours for a couple of slices of hot pizza and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked,” the heartfelt message read.
North Fargo Little Caesar’s General Manager Michelle Lussier admits the store on 19th Avenue North has had a significant problem in the past with people eating leftovers out of the restaurant’s dumpster, prompting the owner to come up with the unexpected solution and deciding to feed those people for free, Valley News Live reported.
“Don’t feel embarrassed if you’re hungry, and you don’t want to do what others do, you know stand on the corner for handouts,” Lussier said, sending a message to the needy in her community. “You feel down about that, you’re more than welcome to come here and grab a couple slices.”
North Fargo Little Caesar’s didn’t stop there either when it came to helping those less fortunate in their community, either. “They also donate leftover pizzas to local food shelves and have a donation box to help feed the homeless people in the area,” according to Valley News Live.
Sadly, homelessness is a problem that plagues every city in America with hundreds of thousands of people in the United States not knowing where their next meal will come from or where they’ll rest their head at night. So, it’s easy to understand why this Little Caesar’s realized that there’s no good reason to toss out perfectly fine food when so many people in the world need it. Perhaps this is a trend that can catch on. The world is simply a better place when we care for one another.