A story about how a tiny restaurant in Kerala's Malappuram district didn't charge a man who invited two hungry street kids to join him during a meal has gone viral.
The copy of the bill with the words scribbled 'we have no machine to calculate humanity, may god bless you', accompanied the story.
So we decided to ask the restaurant who the cashier was and surprisingly the owner said he had no clue about this. He added that a lot of reporters had called him, but no one in his staff were aware of such an incident.
Was the story untrue? No, claims Akhilesh, the man who went to the restaurant. According to him, the incident happened in 2013. No wonder then that the staff does not remember.
Akhilesh Kumar, an engineer based out of Dubai, who was the man who went to the restaurant told The News Minute, "The restaurant used to be next to the place I was living in. One day as I was eating porotta and chicken there, I saw two kids staring. I invited them in and bought them the same food," he says.
What about the bill? "The cashier didn't give me a bill. I downloaded it from the net and filled that line myself."
This is the bill Akhilesh seems to have found on the net, uploaded by a traveller belonging to Team BHP.
So how come the story went viral now we asked. "I had written about this earlier, but posted on Facebook only now," Akhilesh said.
Well, though it apparently happened in 2013, the news has surely inspired people in 2016. And that's the bottom line.