Man Takes Final Paycheck After Losing His Job, Then Decides to Give All of the Money Away
After Tim Owens lost his job, which he had maintained “for quite a few years,” he wasn’t sure what would come next. He contemplated his future and what his next move should be. Then, as he was sitting in his truck at an intersection, he saw a homeless man, and immediately knew what he had to do.
“Immediately, [I] just became overwhelmed with what I do have,” Owens said, describing his mindset after seeing the homeless man. “I realized, you know… I’m in an air-conditioned car, and I was driving home with a roof over my head, food in the pantry, a wife and kids at home.”
“Inspired by that gentleman sitting there, I realized how much I really have and that things are gonna be okay,” he added, according to a report on A Plus. “And, so, in that moment… I saw this check sitting here, and I have this crazy idea of, ‘What if I just gave this away to people that did need it?’”
After discussing his idea with his wife, who encouraged him to move forward, and assistance from a makeup artist friend, Owens headed back to that street corner and began handing out his entire last paycheck $50 at a time.
“Once I was out there, I kind of felt… it was many, many, many experiences,” said Owens. “I felt really alone like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is weird. This is hard to be out there.’”
“The way people look at you,” he continued, “the way people interact with you when they think you’re a homeless person was an experience all in and of itself.”
Owens encountered people who were confused about his offer of money, as well as others who insisted that, instead of giving it to them, that he give it to someone else.
He recorded his experiences on video, creating a short documentary, Being Human.
The positive response to his social experiment led Owens to come up with a new idea: creating a docu-series, dubbed Be Kind With Us, focused “on finding good kind people who just need a little kindness in their lives.”
He started a GoFundMe page to help raise $20,000 to produce the first episode, but has shied away from advertising it as he wants to keep the experience “in its purest form possible.”
“I would love to create this ongoing experience and help people in ways that I can’t do by myself,” said Owens. “To continue this type of impact just would be really fulfilling, I think, on a humanitarian level.”
He also hopes his short film encourages others to “look for what you can give and what you can do.”
“If that moment can come, that’s a really beautiful thing.”