Oklahoma restaurant offers free meal to dumpster diver

Ashley Jiron, owner of P.B. Jams in Warr Acres, said she was "hurt" to discover someone had felt the need to search her trash for food.
By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |  April 13, 2015 at 11:58 AM
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WARR ACRES, Okla., April 13 (UPI) -- An Oklahoma restaurant owner posted a sign offering a free meal to whoever has been foraging for food in the eatery's dumpster.

Ashley Jiron, owner of P.B. Jams in Warr Acres, said she discovered earlier this month someone had gone through the eatery's dumpster and taken food.

"Last week, I had noticed some bags, when I had taken out the trash, were torn open and some of the food was taken out," she told KFOR-TV. "That really, it hurt me that someone had to do that."

Jiron posted a sign in the eatery's window offering fresher food to the person who searched through the trash.

The note reads:

"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 business hours for a classic Pb&j, fresh veggies, and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked. -- your friend, the owner."

Jiron said the sign will stay up until someone comes in to claim the free meal.

"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," the owner said.

Jiron said in a Facebook post she also posted signs in the back of the restaurant, in case the person returns to the dumpster, but several copies were "ruined by the rain" until she put up a laminated copy with "30 strips of clear, yet durable, tape."

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