Restaurant owner apologizes after denying a homeless man service with a kind gesture

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A restaurant owner who denied a homeless man service last month is now apologizing for it by providing hot meals once a month to people in need.

Jimmy Collins, owner of Jimmy’s Round-up Cafe, refused to serve a homeless man a family brought to the restaurant, according to KFOR. The family offered to pay for the man, but Collins still denied him a meal. The man left and the family, upset by Collins response, followed him out.

The restaurant owner said customers have previously complained about the homeless man before. After news came out about Collins refusing to serve the man, he received a lot of backlash.

“Looking back I would have explained the situation better. Maybe gave him a meal to go,” Collins said to KFOR. “A bad mistake is only a bad mistake if you don’t learn from it.”

To show he learned his lesson, Collins posted a lengthy apology on Facebook, saying he could have handled the situation better. To make up for his harsh response to the homeless man, Collins said on Friday he will serve people in need of a hot meal outside his cafe every second Tuesday of the month.

On the menu of the free meal is roast beef, mashed potatoes and green beans. Collins said he needed some help to serve the food and also make desserts.

The first meal with start on Oct. 13. Collins said on Mondays and Wednesdays he will also be giving 50 percent of proceeds to Independence Fund, an organization that provides wheel chairs to disabled veterans.