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Giving advice inspires man to spread hope

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Posted: February 9, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 9, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

My story is about love for humanity and for all humans regardless of their race, creed or religion.

Many years ago, while working in Westwood, I was called to a disturbance call at a restaurant. A homeless man was in the restaurant taking food from the buffet.

When I walked in, I saw the man and I asked him to leave the restaurant.

As I walked him out, I said to him, “I don’t know what got you to this point, where you are stealing food from the buffet and are homeless but you are well spoken and good looking. Get your life together, you deserve better than to be stealing food from restaurants and begging for money on the street. Turn your life around.”

The man walked away. About four weeks later, I saw him out of the corner of my eye as I was walking down Westwood Blvd.

He saw me and walked up to me and said, “You seem like the type of person that will appreciate what I have to say. So, I wanted to thank you for your talk to me when you asked me to leave the restaurant. I found help for my drinking problem and I got a job putting on door hangers. It pays me minimum wage and it keeps me off the streets. And I may be able to get my own place in 6 months. Perhaps a very little place but it’s mine.”

He then said “Thank you” and walked away. It made me cry and I felt better about myself.

Just sharing and giving hope to someone who perhaps just needed those words at that time. Since then, any chance I get to spread love through hope, I do.

Louis Perry is president of Kadima Security Services, Inc.

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