He did have a home and a family though. This got him thinking that there were probably others out there who needed help more than he did. Such was the inspiration for his idea to give away his last paycheck, $50 at a time.
“I knew I had to do something crazy,” Owens says. “Not because of the theatrics of it, or not because of this self-fulfilling idea. It had to be a big and bold step in a way I would never forget it.”
Dressed in clothing that made him look like he’d been living on the street, he stood on the median strip of a busy road with a sign that said “It’s better to give than receive.”
Most people were surprised to be handed a $50 bill. Many refused to take it, and some asked for him to give it to someone else in need. Others were grateful for his kindness and generosity.
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