Penguins Fan Offers Extra Ticket To Homeless Man
Photo: Jimmy Mains
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Pittsburgh Penguins fan is warming hearts across the internet with an inspiring social media post.
Jimmy Mains was headed to PPG Paints Arena alone last Friday to watch the Penguins take on the Tampa Bay Lightning when a homeless man approached and asked for money.
Mains explained to the man, later identified as Rob, that he didn’t have any cash, but could instead offer him a ticket to the game.
The man was “ecstatic” and thought he was joking.
“We went in and the whole time he couldn’t stop smiling,” Mains wrote.
I went to the Pens game last Friday and as I posted on Facebook I had an extra ticket. After not being able to find anyone to go I went to the game by myself. Walking to the game I had a homeless man ask me for money. I told him I didn't have any but if he wanted he could go to the game and get out of the cold for a bit. I introduced myself and he told me his name is Rob. Rob was ecstatic and thought I was kidding. We went in and the whole time he couldn't stop smiling. Once we got to our seats it was time for the National Anthem. Rob took off his hat and sang the whole time. Once the puck dropped he cheered the whole game.
During intermission we got chicken tenders. At the end of the game he told me that I made his life. He asked me how he could repay me and I told him just to pay it forward
The two enjoyed the game complete with snacks and a 5-2 win for the Penguins.
“At the end of the game he told me that I made his life. He asked me how he could repay me and I told him just to pay it forward,” he said.