For the last seven years, one Henan noodle shop has been providing meals to the elderly completely free of charge.
Whenever a customer over the age of 70 enters his shop, owner Wang Xiaojun takes the time to slice the noodles a bit thinner and cook them a bit longer, to make sure that they will be easy for the elderly to eat.
Wang told local reporters in the central city of Anyang that his “free noodles initiative” was inspired by the 12 years that he spent in western Qinghai province as a soldier where elderly locals frequently helped to take care of him despite having their own hardships to bear.
“I told myself that when I get the opportunity, I would help them,” Wang remembered.
Now, each day, Wang serves up around 10 bowls of free noodles to elderly regulars. On particularly busy days, that number goes up to 20 or 30 bowls. One elderly woman praised Wang for his kindness and care for his customers, though she couldn’t help but wonder about his business savvy, arguing that he ought to offer senior discounts rather than giving away food for free.
But for Wang, it’s not about the money. “Everyone will get old one day, while we’re still young we should help the elderly,” he said, encouraging more young people to show more respect for their elders.
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