Oklahoma business owner leaves message for dumpster diver

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WARR ACRES, Okla. (PIX11) — When an Oklahoma restaurant owner noticed someone was rummaging through her garbage looking for food, she didn’t lock up her trash. She opened her doors.

“I think we’ve all been in that position where we needed someone’s help and we just needed someone to extend that hand and if I can be that one person to extend that hand to another human being then I will definitely do it,” said Ashley Jiron, the owner of P.B. Jams.

Jiron’s restaurant opened a few months in Warr Acres. Last week, Jiron saw that her garbage bags were torn open and some food was taken out.

“That really — it hurt me that someone had to do that,” Jiron told PIX11 News sister station KFOR.

So she put a sign on the dumpster and she taped another to the restaurant’s front door. It told whomever was eating from her trash that they are “a human being and worth more than a meal from a dumpster,” then it invited the person inside the sandwich shop for a meal.

“I will not take down that sign until they come in,” Jiron said, acknowleding that she hopes price doesn’t keep them from taking her up on the offer.

She said a free meal is “the least” she can do for someone who is obviously down on their luck.

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