Our Blog today is about a man accepting responsibility for a 37-year-old bill from Lums Restaurant (Richmond.com)
(I keep trying to remember if I remember a Lums. It doesn’t help me to remember to remember. Is that repetitive and redundant?)
Around early 1980, a young man who was homeless and suffering from mental illness, entered a Lums restaurant in Richmond. He ordered and devoured his amazing meal. Then he ordered a piece cheesecake. It was so good he that he ordered a second piece and ate that.
Unfortunately, he didn’t have any money on him so he ran out of the restaurant and successfully avoided an employee of Lums who was running after him.
The sense of guilt for failure to make payment never really left him. As he put it, “I always felt like I’ve sort of been on the run, in different ways, from my past and things that happened.” he told the reporter. “It was just like a step of coming back to the world and making things right.”
The Lums has since closed in Richmond, so Pollack sent the payment to a Lums in Omaha, Nebraska. With the payment he sent the following letter, “I am offering to your Lums this money ($25) in order to repay my bill. I hope you will accept it. Perhaps it can go to help someone in similar circumstances as I was.”
The manager of the Lums wasn’t sure what to do with the payment at first. Ultimately, he donated the $25 to the Siena/Francis House, which is a homeless shelter in Omaha.
A conscience that needed to make a wrong right!
And for our pic o’ day: