A hotel front desk employee shared how they stole hotel supplies to help out a homeless man who walked into the lobby one cold night.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on January 20, 2022. It has since been updated.
In the Reddit thread Anti-Work, one Reddit user explained how they stole from their employer in order to give back to someone who was clearly in need. Reddit user ThrowThatB*tchAway69, an employee who works overnight at a large international chain hotel, explained that a homeless man approached the front desk at their workplace for information about transit schedules. Instead of just giving him what he asked for, the employee also showered him with snacks, towels, toiletries, and more—all essentially stolen from the hotel. The Reddit user, who received immense praise for his act of kindness and dissent, shared that they were proud of what they did and would indeed do the same again.
Capitalism is modern slavery in which homelessness is a violent enforcement mechanism capitalists weaponize against workers. https://t.co/tVWMhnvdhw— Mac (@GoodPoliticGuy) January 19, 2022
"A homeless guy came up to our front door at about 2 am to ask if I could look up bus and train schedules for him so he could get out of the cold," the Reddit user wrote. "I told him to come on in and sit on the couch and chill for a bit while I look it up. [I] made him some hot chocolate and we chatted while I was looking for the schedules." For context, ThrowThatB*tchAway69 revealed that the area experienced some snow the previous day and that temperatures had dipped to about 10F.
it is -30 in toronto tonight. and this was picture of the TTC last night taken by @fatnmostly. do not look away — this is canada’s failure on housing as a human right. we need all levels of government to end homelessness now. pic.twitter.com/YQl4ihkE5H— Andrew Baback Boozary MD (@drandrewb) January 16, 2022
They continued, "The next form of public transit coming by wasn’t until 4 am. So this poor dude had two hours of cold to deal with before he could get on a bus. I told him he’s more than welcome to chill on our couch and watch TV until it comes. At this point, I realized I could hook this dude up. We have snacks and water we give all guests checking in. I asked if he wanted a few, then when he said yes, I just dumped the whole plate of probably 50 packages of chips, nuts, cookies, etc. into a bag and handed it to him." In addition to this, the front desk employee loaded his backpack up with toothbrushes, toothpaste, bottles of soap, Q-tips, tweezers, and toilet paper, all of which the hotel gives out to paying guests for free.
People who end up sleeping rough do not lack in resilience, they are lacking in social justice. They often come from a background of abuse and trauma. Charity helps many, but is not a long term answer. We need leaders that will make the political decisions to end homelessness.— Paul Delaney (@coaimpaul) January 19, 2022
The Reddit user then discovered the homeless man would be on the bus all morning trying to stay warm. "So I went in the back and gave him a few small towels to wash himself with and a small pillow and blanket," the employee explained. "None of those are tracked and we’re constantly buying more to replace what gets stolen anyway." According to them, they did not even feel bad about stealing from work. They affirmed, "All of this stuff, the company I work for buys on a regular basis and just hands it out to entitled ass members that don’t need it anyway. This man was clearly in need and my company won’t even notice what’s missing. I don’t even feel bad. I hope he tells his friends and they all come. Stealing from your work and giving to the homeless is based [as f*ck] and I highly recommend."
In response, dozens of fellow Reddit users praised the hotel worker's actions. One person wrote, "I have been on the receiving end of this once (dude even shouted me a free room) and you, my brother, are a legit f*cking legend. The hot chocolate, the greeting, and the lobby would have been more than we could ever ask for. Thanks for being a legend." Another added, "This is the kind of civil disobedience I'm here for." While we build long-term housing solutions for the homeless, ThrowThatB*tchAway69 is the hero we all need.