Woman Brings Tramp into Home, He Disappears in the Morning and Her Husband Files for Divorce – Story of the Day
A wealthy woman decides to welcome a homeless person into her home after encountering him on the street one day. The following morning, her husband accuses her of something and files for divorce.
Lois was a wealthy woman in her mid-30s who worked her way up the corporate ladder out of sheer hard work. She was the managing director of a large holding company and dedicated most of her time to her career.
Lois would start her day with a private yoga class at her home gym every morning before cooking herself a healthy breakfast and making herself a cup of coffee to give her the energy she needed for the day.
Her day at work was often predictable – she had countless meetings to attend to, had to check on her employees' performances, and met with fellow directors on the progress of their company.
Lois was a busy woman who always had a packed schedule. | Source: Pexels
The tasks she needed to do daily wore Lois out, so she vowed to keep her mornings free from stress by having her yoga and breakfast routine, which she stuck by. In the middle of breakfast, her husband Ben would usually join her, and they'd talk casually about what was on the news that day.
Ben and Lois had been married for ten years, but they didn't have children. Ben was not as successful as Lois and had trouble sticking to one job. "These people don't deserve to have me on their team," he'd tell Lois.
Eventually, he stopped looking for one and just stayed home. After all, Lois earned enough for the two of them. He believed he no longer needed to work as Lois could provide for all his needs.
Lois always prepared breakfast for her and Ben. | Source: Pexels
Lois knew that her husband relied on her financially, but she didn't mind. She grew to love Ben for who he was and enjoyed his company as she didn't want to be alone.
The couple chose not to have children because Lois always focused on her career. She didn't have the luxury of time to take a leave from work to give birth or care for children.
One day, Lois had a particularly long night after she was called to a meeting in one of their satellite offices farther away in town. She was swamped with work and could only leave after finishing all the tasks on her to-do list.
As she approached her car, a tramp went up to her, begging for some food. "Do you have something I could eat, or perhaps a few dollars?" he asked her.
A tramp approached Lois and asked for some money. | Source: Pexels
Lois couldn't help but look at the man, and she immediately noticed that he was a decent middle-aged man who had no place to go. He wasn't drunk or dirty and he seemed like he had simply been dealt wrong cards, leading him to beg on the streets.
Lois didn't feel scared or threatened by the man, so she asked him a question before entering her car. "What's your story?"
The man put his hands in his pockets and started to share his story. "I used to work as an investor. I would invest money into small businesses and up-and-coming enterprises in exchange for a cut in their sales," he revealed.
One day, he thought he hit it big when he invested in a tech company that had so much potential. "The company's owner deceived me, and he took all of the money I had invested and disappeared. I spent so much time chasing him that the remainder of my funds went to investigators and lawyers' fees that I ended up with nothing."
The man began to tell his story, claiming he had been scammed. | Source: Pexels
Lois felt terrible for the man, realizing he was an educated and well-mannered man who was simply scammed. "So what do you do now?" she asked him after sharing his story.
"During the day, I offer plumbing and repair services to people on the street. Of course, not many people put their trust in me, so I still have to beg on the streets so I have something to eat," he admitted. "My name is Julian. Thank you for taking the time to listen to my story," he told Lois.
"My name is Lois. Would you like to come with me? I can cook you a homemade dinner. I also have an extra bedroom where you can stay so you don't have to be out here," she offered.
Although he was shy, Julian accepted Lois' offer. After all, it had been a while since he's tasted a home-cooked meal, and it was something he longed for.
Lois drove home with Julian in tow so he could eat a proper meal. | Source: Pexels
When they got home, Lois gave Julian some clothes from Ben's closet. "Feel free to freshen up in the guest bathroom. I'll be in the kitchen preparing dinner," she told him as she led him to where he could get dressed.
Ben arrived home by the time Lois and Julian were having dinner, and he was furious when he realized the man was wearing his clothes. "Lois. What is this? WHO is this? Why is he in our house, and why is he wearing my clothes?!" he yelled.
Lois looked at Julian, who was startled at Ben's sudden outburst. "Let's talk in the living room," she told her husband. She and Ben walked out of the kitchen, and Lois explained Julian's situation.
"He's a smart man who was scammed by a bad business deal. He's been out on the streets for I don't know how long. I just wanted to do something nice for him because I can," she told Ben.
Ben was furious that Lois brought home a stranger. | Source: Pexels
"He's a stranger, for god's sake! How can you let a random man into our home? He could be a criminal for all we know," he spat back.
Lois tried to calm Ben down, but he wouldn't listen to anything she said. He slammed the door out of the living room and locked himself in his game room.
The following day, Lois did her usual routine of yoga in her home gym and breakfast after. As she was heading downstairs, Ben was standing at the foot of the stairs, furious.
"What's wrong?" she asked him.
"Are you happy now?! This is all your fault!" he yelled and Lois was confused.
"What do you mean? Where is Julian?" she replied.
Lois had just finished her yoga session when she encountered Ben furious downstairs. | Source: Pexels
"That tramp ran away! Your friend took all of our jewelry with him. Hundreds of thousands worth of jewelry! This is all your fault!" he continued to yell, storming out the front door and slamming it.
Lois couldn't believe what she was hearing and decided to check the safe herself. It was opened, and all of the jewelry boxes were empty. "How did he even open it?" she thought to herself. The safe had a unique code that only she and Ben knew about.
Nonetheless, Lois believed Ben and started to blame herself for trusting a stranger. She felt horrible for losing valuable jewelry, but what bothered her more was how she quickly trusted a stranger who turned out to be a bad man.
Ben and Lois' relationship slowly started to deteriorate since then. Ben no longer trusted Lois, and he started leaving the house more. Ultimately, what Lois was afraid of finally came – Ben mailed divorce papers to their home and wrote that he wasn't returning.
Ben eventually filed for divorce. | Source: Pexels
Lois remained devastated for months. She could not believe that a chance encounter with a stranger would ruin her life.
To distract herself from what was happening in her personal life, she drowned herself in work and stayed in the office longer every day. One day, she was at the satellite office again when a person called out to her in the parking lot.
As she started to approach her car, she realized it was Julian calling her. "You!" she cried out. "I wanted to help you. How could you do that to me?"
Lois was walking towards her car when she saw Julian. | Source: Pexels
"Do what? I don't understand what you're talking about," Julian told her. "When I saw you coming out of the office, I wanted to thank you for the home-cooked meal. I never got to see you again because your husband kicked me out that night," he revealed.
Lois' eyes widened. "Ben told me you left abruptly in the morning, and that you stole our jewelry!"
Julian nodded his head, realizing what Lois was accusing him of. "Is that what you're accusing me of? I'm sorry you think that way. When you went back to your room that night, Ben kicked me out and said he couldn't let me use the room."
Julian paused before speaking up again. "I don't want to ruin your relationship with your husband, but he was carrying a thin bag that looked heavy that night," he admitted.
Lois sued Ben for theft and he landed in jail. | Source: Pexels
After what Julian said, Lois understood everything. Ben wanted a way out of their marriage and he saw the perfect excuse – Julian. Ben likely stole the jewelry so he'd have enough money for when they divorced.
Lois eventually found proof that Ben had indeed taken the jewelry from the safe. Their surveillance cameras were on at the time of the incident, and she sent them to court. She kicked herself for failing to check the cameras when the jewelry first disappeared and for trusting Ben's word.
After Lois sued him for theft, Ben went to jail and ended up with nothing following their divorce. Meanwhile, Lois and Julian became good friends, and she offered him a job as her secretary at the holding company.
What can we learn from this story?
- Don't judge a person by their outward appearance. It was easy to pin the blame on Julian when the jewelry got lost because of his circumstances. In the end, he was proven innocent, and the real culprit was Ben.
- Even those closest to us can betray us. After being with Ben for ten years, Lois never thought he could ever betray her. However, in the end, he found a way to get out of their marriage and fool her in the process to get what he wanted.
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