Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Gas Station Owner Offers Free Sandwich And Water To Anyone Who Needs It.

Financial Inequality

Financial Inequality

Los Angeles Times

Texas ranked number 10 in the amount of income inequality, according to the 2016 report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. In fact, the wealthiest five percent of households had incomes 15 times bigger than the bottom 20 percent. But the statistics don’t really matter, because Frank had seen how the economic instability had affected his community. Naturally, it also changed the way he handled his business.

He Tried

He Tried

Clif Bosler/Star-Telegram

People of all walks of life have strolled into his gas station, and as the owner, he’s done his best to treat everyone with respect and kindness. But like most jobs in the service industry, there are a certain people who can make his job harder, like the homeless asking customers for money, or recent immigrants who can’t speak the language. Frank knew he had to do something, but he wasn’t sure how to proceed.

An Unusual Solution

An Unusual Solution

Clif Bosler/Star-Telegram

After watching a video that inspired him, Frank printed a message on a piece of paper, and taped it to the door of a fridge at the Star Mart convenience store. But after a few days, he totally forgot about the sign. Then, a customer snapped a photo and uploaded it on social media. Suddenly, local news stations were reaching out to Frank and demanding that he explain the purpose of the sign.

A Generous Offer

A Generous Offer

KLTV

The sign on the refrigerator door read: “If you don't have money or a job, you can have a sandwich and a bottle of water for free." The message was simple, and yet it caught everyone’s attention. But it wasn’t a big deal for Frank. “It's just a couple of bucks, but somebody will not go to sleep hungry,” he explained to KLTV. But for this store owner, it wasn’t a sign. It was an objective he was happy to achieve.

Helping Those In Need

Helping Those In Need

Clif Bosler/Star-Telegram

This wasn’t his idea. Frank had seen a video of someone who did the same thing. After watching it, he was reminded of all those times he was down on his luck, and how much he would have appreciated the kindness of a stranger. “It’s really nice to help the community out because there’s sometimes that maybe I went hungry,” he said. “If they are hungry enough, I will feed them. If they have children, I’ll definitely give them something to eat.” And his staff backed him up 100%.

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