Panhandler Returns Forgetten Phone to Owner Ashley Meilleur, Then Apologizes For Using Her Minutes


Ashley Meilleur occasionally hands food out to the homeless people she comes in contact with on the streets of Winnipeg, Canada. Last week, as she a serving a woman a bag of lunch on the street, she had not realized that her $700 phone was left inside.

Twenty minutes after the fact, she received a call from her mother concerning the panhandler that she had fed. Believe it or not, she had called Ashley’s mother to report the telephone that she had left behind, CTV News reported. They later met up to make the exchange, but the homeless woman wanted nothing in return.

“She actually said that she felt bad because [the phone call to my mom] was a long distance number, that she was using my minutes,” Meilleur told the station.

Despite the turn down, Meilleur still decided to give the woman $15 and invited her for a sit down in her car for a while. She later shared her full story with her friends and family on Facebook:

I asked her her story, and as she told me, my heart broke. A beautiful, lost young lady who took one wrong turn and had nothing, but insisted I, a random stranger, get my phone back and took the time to call my mother in Ontario to alert her. She has changed my perspective and has restored my faith in the human race. She is incredible. Although I can’t help her monetarily, I am going to do everything in my power to ensure she is safe and has a warm meal this Christmas. She has triggered something in me, and I hope this story has empowered you as well. I am going to do something about this.

Meilleur even shared with CTV News her planning to purchase a phone with a tow-year plan for the woman. She also plans to hand out gift cards to homeless people this Christmas. It was this very kind performance that has moved her to pass on good karma and she looks to pay it forward.


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