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We’ve reported on many celebrities and regular people buying meals for those in need, but unfortunately it’s not uncommon for restaurants to refuse service to homeless people, even when they are accompanied by paying customers. One such restaurant owner, Jimmy Collins, who owns Jimmy’s Round-up Café in Oklahoma City, has issued a heartfelt apology after denying one homeless man a meal last month.
Chris Smith and his family, who had brought a local homeless man into Jimmy’s Round-up Café last month to treat him to a meal ended up leaving after Collins said he would not serve the man because he had caused problems in the past before. Now Collins is reneging on his original position. “"We all look back and say. You know what? I could have handled that differently," he told local news station KFOR.
Now Collins is looking to make things right by organizing dinners for the homeless once a month.
“This Tuesday and every 2nd Tuesday of the month as weather allows, people in need of a hot meal will be served on our patio in front of café,” the Café’s Facebook page says. “Café will furnish Roast Beef, mashed potatoes and Green beans. Need volunteers to supply 5 eight foot tables. And about 30 chairs. Local ladies to make desserts. Also need people to help serve. Let's all get involved with the needy in our area.”
Collins said on Mondays and Wednesdays he will also be giving 50 percent of proceeds to Independence Fund, an organization that provides wheel chairs to disabled veterans.