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Traffic Officer with No Money Becomes Emotional After Young Woman Buys Him Meal


An exhausted traffic officer in the Philippines was left wiping away tears after a young woman unexpectedly bought him a meal.

On a sweltering summer’s day, a young woman named Lilibeth Gallo sought refuge inside a local restaurant in Quezon City, Philippines.

As she enjoyed the air-conditioning, her eyes landed on an older man who was working outdoors in the heat.

He was wearing his official yellow traffic officer uniform vest and looked exhausted after his long shift in the brutal heat.

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Looking at the man, Gallo was reminded of her father.

It bothered her to think of her own dad working in such harsh weather conditions, and it bothered her to see this man, too, looking so weary and burdened.

The man sat down on the edge of a gutter to take a break.

Tears welled in Gallo’s eyes as she empathized with the man’s exhaustion.

When he stood up and walked inside the restaurant, Gallo was glad to see him getting out of the heat.

But the man didn’t order anything, rather, he just took a seat to cool off for a bit.

A thought flew into Gallo’s mind and she bought the man a meal and walked it over to his table.

“This is for you,” Gallo said as she set the tray down, according to her Facebook post. “Have some breakfast.”

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The man looked at her in confusion. “But I didn’t order anything,” he said. “I don’t have any money.”

“It’s okay,” Gallo said. “I bought it for you. I hope you like it.”

As she walked away, she noticed the man’s disposition began to change. A smile spread across his face and he wiped away a quick tear before tucking into his breakfast.

Gallo’s post about the incident has spread around the globe, reminding people that you don’t need infinite resources to help make the world a better place.

Gallo was just an ordinary girl with a little extra cash to buy someone a quick meal. Her heart was soft and open to the needs of others.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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