Huffington Post – After a homeless man offered a college student in England all the money he had so she’d be able to get home safely, the woman is paying it forward — in a massive way. Throughout the past few days, Dominique Harrison-Bentzen has raised almost $50,000 for the good Samaritan and for other homeless individuals in her community.
The story begins in early December. It was about 3 a.m. and Harrison-Bentzen was panicking. “I came out after a student night out … [and] realized I didn’t have any battery on my phone, I’d lost my friends,” the 22-year-old told BBC Radio 5. She’d also lost her bank card, she discovered, and she had no money. “How am I going to afford a taxi?” she asked herself.
Just then, a homeless man, known only as Robbie, approached the young woman and asked her if she needed help. He proceeded to reach into his pocket and pull out all the money he had — loose change amounting to about $4.60. He insisted that Harrison-Bentzen take it to pay for a taxi so she’d get home safe. It was, it seems, all the money Robbie had.
Harrison-Bentzen, a student at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England, says she refused to take Robbie’s money and found another way to get home. But following her encounter with the generous man, she says she couldn’t get him out of her mind. For the next few days, the student searched for Robbie, driving around the streets with her mom and using social media in an attempt locate the man. In that time, Harrison-Bentzen says she learned more about Robbie and discovered that he actually had a reputation for helping strangers. For example, the student said in a Dec. 9 Facebook post that Robbie had been known to return wallets “untouched to pedestrians” and “offering his scarf to keep people warm.”
Finally, after four days of driving around Preston, Harrison-Bentzen found Robbie. “I was beginning to lose hope that I would see him again, to thank him personally for his kindness,” she said, per The Telegraph.
Harrison-Bentzen was determined to do something to help change Robbie’s life. To “help him,” she said, as he had “helped many others.” So, earlier this month, the student launched a fundraising campaign in Robbie’s name. She explained that she would be spending 24 hours on the streets, so as to “understand the difficulties” that the homeless face on a daily basis.
Her story quickly went viral, touching the hearts of people in all corners of the globe. As of Thursday morning, 4,800 people have donated almost $50,000.
Ok well I’m not really convinced how homeless this guy is in the first place. This girl drove around for 4 days and couldn’t find the homeless guy? Um he’s fucking homeless, how hard could he be to find? Not like he’s going to be at work or over at a friends, he’s probably by the same park bench where you saw him at before. Also I looked it up, this Preston place only has a population of around 100,000 people. And you’re telling me that in 4 days you couldn’t find a guy who literally has nowhere else to be? I don’t know, either you didn’t look very hard or hobo Robbie is pulling the wool over your head.
And I’m pretty sure it’s the latter because $4.60 would be like a weeks paycheck for a beggar, I really don’t think he’d give that away to a charity case. Pretty sure the homeless don’t get tax write offs and shit like that. I know that she didn’t take it but if you’re real life homeless you don’t offer some hot little yuppie your entire life savings. Which leads me to believe that this is what this “homeless” guy has been angling for all of his life, correct? I mean I bet this guy is probably poor but not real life poor, like college kid with a substance abuse problem poor. He obviously has the Internet and see’s that every time someone does something generous like this, they get paid ten fold. Especially if this story catches heat and goes viral around the Holidays? That’s a golden ticket right there. Because there is no way a legitimate homeless person is finding wallets and returning them without taking something. No fucking way. Plus I want to know where the hell is he getting all of these scarfs? Too many holes in his homeless story. Unless of course he’s not really destitute and is working one of the finer long cons we’ve seen. Which is all well and fine with me, good looks on his part. But I bet he’s pissed as fuck that the other vagrants of the city are getting a cut of the money too. That has to really burn him up. Bitch you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym!
P.S. I feel like this would have gone differently in America. Homeless Joe would have straight tore that ass up.