Man digging for food in trash sparks restaurant to take action in Virginia Beach

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Virginia Beach, Va. - A man was seen by employees of a Virginia Beach restaurant digging through a trash can looking for something to eat and the business took action.

Eleni Fotidou is the owner of Zorba’s, a Greek restaurant on Princess Anne Road in Virginia Beach.

"I never want to see anyone like that," says  Fotidou.

Last Friday, she and others were disturbed.

“We didn't quite realize what he was doing at first, but to take a better look at it at him, you realize he's searching for food," says Samantha McCauley.

The owners say they were heartbroken when they looked outside and saw the man looking for food in the trash.

“No one is allowed in 2015 to go to bed starving," says Fotidou.

The owners showed us their security video from last Friday. They said minutes after the man was searching through the trash, you can see him walking away.

A woman who works nearby ran after him to give him water. They offered him food but he declined and seemed upset.

So they took action and hung up signs near the trashcans encouraging anyone in need of food to come inside.

They said hanging the signs are easier than having an awkward conversation with someone in need who might be too embarrassed.

A restaurant in Oklahoma went viral after posting a similar sign about six weeks ago.

The owners at Zorba’s said helping others is what they are accustomed to doing.

“In Greece, it's the home of hospitality.  We learn to do that, in Greece we are all big families. We always help each other, love each other," says Fotidou.

They said they have only seen a handful of people going through the trash and the area doesn’t see too many homeless people. But these owners said the thought of just one person without any food is too much, and they’re happy to take action and fill the stomach of someone in need.


  • Anarchy

    If there were businesses doing this down by Newport news shipyard, they would be out of business by the end of a week.

    • dkaffes2015

      Maybe all the businesses at the Newport News Shipyard ought to some money in every day and feed the homeless , Spaghetti and meat sauce which cost nothing , rice and beans there is a lot you can make for very little , but you will be blessed for feeding some one that is hungry

  • Sheesh.

    I ate here with my family a week or so ago, and this just confirms my initial impression of them as warm, friendly people. The food was great, by the way, but after reading about this, it could be terrible, and I would still come back. God bless these people for their kindness toward someone who may be too embarrassed to ask for the help he needs. I hope he comes back.

  • Star Jones

    I’m so extremely touched by the kindness of the employees and management of this company! I strongly urge more companies to take heed to this action. Just ask yourself..what if that was me out there?! Give sparingly…Your blessings have already arrived!!! God bless all!

  • Pamela Baker

    I was once homeless in virginia beach and,this brought,tears to my eyes,knowing there are people who,really care. Thank you from the bottom of m y heart.

  • erica A

    That was a wonderful thing that LADY is doing for the less fortunate. She’s lining herself up for a huge blessing. But I think we all need to do nice things without looking for a pat on the back or to get attention or customers for his or her business. Doing in good deeds in secret, your reward will be great in the open

  • mark pen

    Have to try Zorba’s now. Not a huge Greek food fan, but I dig some Fallawfull(sorry for the spelling) & Baba-Gonoosh(Humus) from time to time. Good for Zorba’s.

  • Barker

    God blesss the people at Zorba’s for caring. But we all must understand that the majority of people living like this are not simply down on their luck. Most have mental health or addiction issues or a combination of the two, and their preference for living in the streets is a symptom of those issues. There was a time when you might occasionally see a hobo passing through town, but having people simply living on the street and eating out of the garbage was rare. That’s because society forced many of these people into state mental hospitals for treatment. But then courts ruled that unless they are suicidal or a threat to others, they cannot be held, and these people were turned out.

  • Me greek

    Ok Greece is a land of hospitality and nobody should starve today, but who told you, turksperm, that Greece has to be a big neighbourhood and we Greeks have to live like the gypsies a couple bunch of families sharing a little apartment.

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