Man gives ATM card and PIN number to homeless man and tells him to withdraw $27 for himself
The incident was filmed at Harry's Bar and Restaurant in Newcastle and has since racked up over a 100,000 views.
A heartwarming clip that is going viral on social media shows a homeless man walking up to a customer at a bar and returning an ATM card which he had been lent to withdraw money. The customer had, without hesitation, seemingly shared his PIN number so the homeless man could withdraw £20 ($27).
According to the Daily Mail, the interaction unfolded at Harry's Bar and Restaurant on Grey Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and was captured on his phone by local resident Jack Fada.
The video was uploaded on Facebook with the caption, "Homeless man goes up to a group of people and asks for money, the bloke gives him his bank card and PIN number and tells him to take 20 quid for himself. Don't dare tell me Newcastle isn’t the greatest place on earth," and has since been viewed over 100,000 times and shared close to 2,000 times.
The video begins with a bearded man approaching the good samaritan at the bar and giving him a thumbs up. The man, who is supposedly in his 20s and went by the name of Colin, can then be seen handing over a piece of paper and mentioning it was the receipt.
As the seated man takes the receipt, Colin shows him the $27 he reportedly withdrew from an ATM outside a co-op bank on the opposite side of the road. The pair then share a warm handshake and Colin begins to leave, briefly turning around to point at his benefactor. The good samaritan responds in kind, and they appear to share a friendly exchange before the clip ends.
Speaking about the incident, Fada told the Mail he had filmed the incident in August but that he recently felt like sharing it on social media. "I was working as a builder demolitioning the old Legends nightclub which is downstairs to Harry's bar," he said. "I would go outside now and then for fresh air and a cuppa and I see loads of homeless people sleeping and begging, so when I saw what was happening, I started to record. I've worked all over the country and I don't think anyone is as kind as us Geordies."
Several praised the man for his act of kindness. "Can't keep a Geordie down," one wrote. "Salt of the earth. I'm so proud to be a Geordie." Another commented, "Massive respect to him and the fact he brought his money back as well absolute legend."
A third person similarly posted, "Renewed my faith in human nature after all the bad things that are happening up and down the country," though there were also those who questioned the good samaritan's intelligence for casually handing out his PIN.
"If you’re stupid enough to give your bank card and pin, so be it, shame he couldn’t be arsed to get up and do it himself but was happy to stage the moment and video it and place it in social media," one commented, while another added, "He probably only had £20 nobody is that stupid!"
Watch the video of the homeless man's interaction with the good samaritan here: