[UPDATE BELOW] Lakewood, NJ – It was at 2 p.m. at the Singin gas station, between Central Avenue and Cedar Bridge Avenue in Lakewood, when a person offered a homeless man, Ron, $5. But it wasn’t an act of kindness. The person took two coffees he had just bought and told Ron that if he’d pour one of the coffees on his head, he’d give him $5. Ron, desperate for the money, agreed. The person recorded this with his video camera and laughed. Then he offered some spare change if Ron would pour another coffee on his head.
A local Lakewood resident, Ari Boyer of MBD Moving, heard about this terrible incident and tracked down the 65-year-old Ron, who lives in a dugout off of Cedar Bridge Avenue.
He asked Ron to relate the story and then offered to help him.
“Nobody should be doing that to you,” said Ari, who offered to take Ron for a haircut, clean him up, treat him to a delicious meal, and get him back on his feet. “We’ll get you whatever you need,” promised Ari.
The Lakewood Police Department issued the following statement regarding this story that was first reported by Matzav.com:
“The Lakewood Police Department would like to thank all of you who brought the incident regarding the homeless man to our attention earlier today. It’s because of you, that situations like this, are able to be investigated and resolved quickly.
“We would like to inform you that Officer Chase Messer was able to identify and locate all of those involved. After further investigation it was determined, that although the incident occurred in poor judgement, it did not rise to a criminal act.
“Evidence in the case revealed that both parties were willing participants and no one was injured.”