Man Searching Restaurant Trash Bin For Food Inspires Owner To Take Action (Video)

| by Lisa Fogarty
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A restaurant owner in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was inspired to take action after employees noticed a man digging through their trash bin for food. 

Eleni Fotidou, who owns the Greek restaurant Zorba's, says she and her workers were disturbed by what they saw on Friday.

"I never want to see anyone like that," Fotidou told WTKR (video below). "No one is allowed in 2015 to go to bed starving."

Witness Samantha McCauley told the news station that they didn't realize what the man was doing at first, but soon realized he was searching for food. After he walked away, a woman who works nearby reportedly followed him and tried to give him water and food, but he refused and seemed upset.

In an effort to offer her help without embarrassing anyone who might need it, Fotidoureportedly hung up a sign near the trash bins, encouraging anyone who is hungry to come inside of the restaurant.

"In Greece, it's the home of hospitality," Fotidou said. "We learn to do that, in Greece we are all big families. We always help each other, love each other."

In early April, Oklahoma restaurant owner Ashley Jiron noticed someone going through the dumpster outside of P.B. Jams, Fox 13 reported. In response, she posted a note outside of her establishment that read: "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." 

Sources: WTKR, Fox 13

Photo Credit: WTKR