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Rich Woman Wakes up in the Morning, Finds Herself Lying on Street Next to a Dirty Homeless Man — Story of the Day

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By Monica Otayza
May 12, 2022
02:30 P.M.

A heartbroken woman decides to head out for the night, only to wake up in the morning and find herself lying on the street next to a dirty homeless man she'd never met. 


Sophia Parker was a self-made millionaire who owned a large cosmetics company she built from the ground up. She started dating Peter, an accountant at her company who helped her run the business. 

She gifted him a house, motorcycle, two cars, and many other luxuries through the years, thinking they would spend the rest of their lives together. Unfortunately for her, he abruptly broke up with her one day, claiming she was too powerful for him. 

"You're too strong and independent for me. It's better if we split up," Peter told her before driving away in the car Sophia had gotten him. 

Sophia was a self-made millionaire after starting her own cosmetics business. | Source: Pexels


Sophia was devasted. She couldn't bear being in the house, as everything reminded her of her relationship. She decided to call her friend Shirley and reveal what happened. She invited Shirley to have dinner at a restaurant where she cried the entire night.

"I don't know how I can head home. Every corner of my house reminds me of him," she sobbed to her friend. Shirley wanted to accompany her but she had a family she had to go home to, so she started to think of ways for Sophia to numb her pain. 

"When life becomes too much to handle, I usually take sleeping pills. Do you want some? It could help you cope with the pain," Shirley offered. Sophia nodded and asked for some, unaware of their side effects. 


Sophia invited Shirley to dinner to get her mind off things. | Source: Pexels

By the time Sophia and Shirley finished their dinner, it was already getting late. Sophia knew it'd take a couple more minutes until the medicine she took kicked in but decided not to risk driving anyway. She walked on foot so she could get some much-needed fresh air. 


The night was quiet and warm, and many stars were lighting up the sky. She looked up, suddenly thinking about how nice it'd be to walk the streets alongside Peter at that exact moment. 

As she walked toward her house, she decided to stop and sit on the grass in the park nearby. While she sat there in silence, she suddenly felt the pills kicking in and fell asleep. 

The following morning, Sophia woke up disoriented. As she opened her eyes, she could feel the bright sun blinding her eyes. She moved her legs just a little bit, only to realize she was not on her bed, but rather, laying on the grass.

Sophia begins to panic, sitting straight up. Her expensive business suit was dirtied with soil, and she had no idea how she ended up on the street. "What on earth happened?" she asked herself. 


Suddenly, she notices a stench that causes her to pinch her nose. She turns around, horrified to see a dirty homeless man lying next to her. Her eyes widen in horror as she tries to run away, but the man stops her: "don't you want to tell me something?"

Sophia fell asleep on the grass, waking up the next day. | Source: Pexels


Sophia thought the worst of the man until she realized nothing in her body hurt, and she was left unharmed. She decided to ask the man what happened. 

"Well, last night, I saw you asleep on the grass. Many people tried to rob you, but I protected you by saying you were with me. I wanted to make sure they didn't come back, so I stayed beside you to guard you, but I fell asleep too," the man revealed. 

At that moment, Sophia checked her purse and saw her money and phone were all still there. She thanked the homeless man for his kindness before calling Shirley, embarrassed. 

She didn't want to walk home in the same clothes she was wearing the previous day, as she was sure her neighbors would start rumors about her. She asked Shirley to get her, and she arrived about half an hour later. 


Before leaving, Sophia thanked the man again. "Thank you for protecting me. I wish I could give you more than this, but this is all the money I have," she said, handing him a few bills. 

Sophia called Shirley to pick her up from the park | Source: Pexels


The following evening, while Sophia was driving home from work, she saw the homeless man again. He was on the street, begging for food. After some thought, she decided to take the homeless man to a restaurant for dinner. 

"Please, it's the least I could do after what you did for me yesterday," she told him. She parked her car on the street and walked towards a local diner with the man. 

While they were walking, Sophia and the man introduced themselves to one another. His name was Jansen, and he was 32 years old, just two years older than Sophia. 

Sophia asked Jansen to order whatever he liked, so he got himself a big and heavy meal as he was certain he wouldn't get another opportunity to eat at a restaurant again. And while waiting for their food, he shared his story. 


Sophia invited Jansen to eat with her at a diner. | Source: Pexels

"I was a chemist. Just a year ago, I sold my house to develop this new anti-aging cream formula that I discovered worked on my friends. After pouring all my money into it, my friends scammed me by stealing all of my work. I couldn't find a place to live after that," he revealed.


"They might have gotten a couple of thousands for selling the products I made, but they eventually couldn't copy it. Only I know how to create that formula," he explained. 

Sophia was amazed. She revealed that she owned a cosmetics company, and she was formulating a skincare line. "Do you still have a passion for chemistry? If so, I'd be happy to offer you a job in my company and buy a patent under your name for your invention, too," she told him. 

Jansen fixed himself up before going to Sophia's office the next day. | Source: Pexels


As they were finishing their food, Sophia and Jansen couldn't deny the undeniable chemistry between them. They spoke about their passions, business, and other random things. 

Before leaving, Sophia asked Jansen to visit her office the following day. She gave him the address and a couple of bills to book himself a room at an inn, so he didn't need to sleep on the streets. 

That night, Jansen made sure to fix his appearance. He used some of Sophia's money to shave and get a haircut. He also purchased a fresh set of clothes which he wore to Sophia's office the next day. 

When he got to the office, Sophia almost didn't recognize him. "Is it really you?" she asked him, amazed at the transformation. Jansen was a handsome young man, and Sophia couldn't deny it. 


After getting to know each other, they fell in love and got married. 

What can we learn from this story?

  • We are all equal, and we should treat each other that way. Jansen protected Sophia when she was passed out on the grass. The next day, Sophia decided to treat Jansen to a meal at a restaurant, not worried about people seeing her with a homeless man. 
  • Don't be quick to judge people. Sophia was nervous that the homeless man might have done something when she fell asleep on the grass, only to find out that he had protected her. 

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