Honest mistakes happen, but sometimes they can be a bit embarrassing.
Claire Varin, 33, was mortified at a U.K. McDonald’s after she bought a meal for a man she mistook for being homeless.
Varin, who is from Sowerby Bridge in the U.K. was having breakfast at McDonald’s in Halifax town center when she saw a man at a table eating ketchup from the sauce dispenser.
According to the Daily Mail, the man appeared to be hungry, unshaven and carried a rucksack with him. The kind-hearted Varin worried he was starving and went to purchase a meal from the register.
However, as she approached the man and placed the meal in front of him, a McDonald’s staff member brought over the man’s meal and apologized for the wait. Varin, a mother of two, recalled the sudden realization to the Daily Mail:
“I felt like I was going to die of embarrassment.
“Maybe he had no money and was starving. I thought only desperation could lead someone to eat ketchup.”
Though her mistake may have been embarrassing, it was committed with good intentions. Varin, who works as a full-time carer, told the Daily Mail:
“I placed it on the table and said ‘this is for you’. He didn’t say anything to me when I gave him the food. He just looked confused. I thought maybe he was shocked, but I didn’t think anything of it at first.
“I felt really sorry for him. It was a very cold morning and I thought how can I sit here with this meal and leave him sat there with just ketchup.
“He must have been sat there for a good 10 minutes so I assumed he hadn’t ordered and had just come in from the cold.”
Perhaps the man appreciated Varin’s gesture and having two meals, but she said:
“I didn’t stick around to see if he ate the food I bought him too, I just ran out of the shop as quickly as I could.
“I really enjoy a McDonald’s breakfast now and again, but I think I’ll have to give that store a miss in the mornings in case I see that man again.”