Man rips up homeless veteran’s sign, leaves him with a surprise

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LAS VEGAS, N.V. (PIX11) — A man who mocked and ripped up a homeless veteran’s sign on a Las Vegas street corner ended up leaving him with a nice surprise.

Rob Anderson, who works as a magician, heard homeless veteran Alan McCracken lived on the streets and just wanted to make people smile even if he did not receive any money.

Anderson wanted to see for himself if McCracken was just as nice as people described, so he paid him a visit. Upon seeing the homeless veteran, Anderson took his sign, which partially said “Anything helps.”

Testing McCracken’s patience, the magician repeats the phrase “anything helps,” as he draws dollar signs onto the piece of paper and proceeds to rip it.

McCracken appears unfazed by Anderson’s antics. At one point he even asks if he can keep the marker Anderson used to make a new sign.

Eventually McCracken asks if Anderson is a street magician. Upon asking the question, Anderson “magically” puts the sign back together, opens it and unleashes cash.

Since posting a video of the good deed to Yotube Oct. 1, Anderson set up a GoFundMe for the displaced veteran. The fundraiser surpassed its goal of $15,000, thanks to the help of 643 donators.

McCracken was also given temporary housing with the help of Veterans Affairs in Las Vegas. He currently shares a room with three other veterans and is provided with meals and basic living necessities, Anderson reported on the fundraising page.


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