A Tampa man gave a homeless man the shoes off his feet in a random act of kindness that’s getting praise online.
Oscar Aquino, the 29-year-old manager of a Metro PCS in Tampa, said he walked out of his store Wednesday to see a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk. That man was eating crackers and sipping a soda.
But what Aquino noticed was the man’s black and torn up feet, he said. Aquino chatted with the homeless man for a moment, asking him his shoe size.
Aquino then took off his new Jordan athletic shoes and gave them to the man. He turned around and went back to work, like it was nothing.
That moment between Aquino and the homeless man was captured by Carla Rose on her cellphone. Rose said she was on her break from St. Joseph's hospital, sitting in her car at a nearby convenience store. She noticed the homeless man with battered feet, too.
She looked up to see the two men speaking and, as she watched what unfolded between the two men, she snapped a picture.
Rose was touched by that random act of kindness and so she posted it on Facebook this morning with the hashtag #randomactsofkindness.
Aquino had no idea what Rose had done until he got a phone call from a friend in Jacksonville early Thursday morning telling him he was famous on social media, he said. He had seen the post about his friend on Facebook.
Aquino couldn't believe it.
He told his fiancée, Keysi Ramos, "Anyone can end up like that [homeless] one day. I’m blessed that I can buy myself another pair."
"I've been through tough times and it’s hard when you have no one to give you a hand,” Aquino said.