If you are homeless and someone gives you $300, how would you spend it? For most of us, the logical thing to do would probably be to spend on food, clothing, or even temporary shelter if it’s really cold or really hot out. A homeless woman from Santa Monica, Los Angeles, however, reminds us that the homeless are lacking more than just basic necessities. After receiving a bunch of cash from a Youtuber filming a social experiment, this homeless woman spends it on something so unexpected, so moving, and so heartbreaking.
Let this touching story open your eyes to what you’re not seeing when looking at the homeless:
Youtube sensation Das hosts a channel called ‘K3TV.’ He films social experiments and candid pranks for this channel. It usually churns out something funny and entertaining, but even Das was surprised as to how this specific social experiment turned out.
This was the premise: Das would hand a homeless person a wad of cash ($283) and say goodbye. Secretly, though, his team would follow said homeless person to see how he/she would spend the money.
So to launch the experiment, Das struck up a conversation with a woman sitting alongside a building in Santa Monica, Los Angeles. Upon the woman’s confirmation that she and her son were indeed homeless, Das handed her the cash. Bewildered, the homeless woman refused the money at first. “I can’t take this!” she stated.
“Yes, you can.” Das replied.
After a while of the homeless woman insisting she was being given way too much, she ended up taking the money, giving Das a hug, and thanking God for her good fortune.
As soon as Das was out of the woman’s sight, she began to make her way around the block, and K3TV’s crew sneakily followed her. The first thing she grabbed was some ice cream from a cafe patio, which she ate as she visited more shops and stores.
The homeless woman visited many shops selling clothes, jewelry, and the like, but she came out of each store empty-handed. The crew secretly following her was about to give up as they probably thought she was done spending for the day.
Still, the homeless woman kept going…until she reached an animal shelter.
Das and his crew waited for almost an hour outside the shelter until the homeless woman finally emerged, with a most adorable white puppy in her arms.
“Hey!” Das called out to the woman. He then divulged that they’ve actually been following the woman to see how she would spend the cash she was given. “You adopted a dog with the money I gave you?”
“Yeah,” the homeless woman said. “I just … I don’t know. Out of everything that I’ve seen today, it seemed much more … caring to have a dog.”
“I looked at the clothes, saw the jewelry, but none of them touched my heart,” she continued. “This is where my heart led me. It led me right here to this dog. And this is someone I can talk to and love and hold … No matter what he’s always going to be there for me …”
“That’s impressive,” Das said, before taking the woman to buy pet food for her new companion. He also added some more cash to his original donation, claiming that all he wanted in return was an embrace.
The woman broke out in happy tears as Das fawned over her new best friend.
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What can you say about this story? What did this homeless woman made you realize? If you were in the woman’s shoes, what would you have bought instead? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!