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Yaron Wiesenbacher shared how he gave a guy money for helping him clean, then gave him more when he asked but became nervous until the guy paid him back


Cape Town, Western Cape – Yaron Wiesenbacher owns Merles Schnits, a restaurant in Cape Town. Through his work, he has met many people but when a man named Brian walked into his restaurant, he wasn’t quite sure who he was.

Brain walked into his restaurant late one night to share some exciting news with Yaron. He was overjoyed and just wanted a little help. Yaron was alone in the kitchen but stopped what he was doing to listen to what Brian had to say.

“It must have been early November when Brian came to the shop. Was late in the evening around 9pm and I was alone in the kitchen.

He was so excited. Smiling from ear to ear and talking at a hell of a pace. I got my first job sir. I can’t believe it I got a job. As I congratulated him, I tried to remember who he was.

His face was kind of familiar but I honestly couldn’t remember who he was and if we’d met before. But we obviously had because he knew I was a Zimbo too.”

While Brian had got a job, he was stuck for money and needed a little help. Yaron was in the process of cleaning his kitchen so he offered the small job to Brian.

“He then proceeded to tell me about the issue he was having. Something about needing a form that he didn’t have and that he needed 150 Rand to get it. He said he wanted to work for it and pleaded that I give him some kind of job to make the money.

As it happened, the sink had piled up and I didn’t feel like doing it myself. So I let him into the kitchen and he cleaned for about 30 minutes. We chatted about Bulawayo. He went to Gifford High. While cleaning together, I asked him what job he had just got. Told me he was going to be a cleaner at a hotel. I could not believe how excited he was.

Then I learnt that he had been jobless for two years in Cape Town. I asked him how he had survived and he said as a car guard.

That night I gave him the 150 Rand after we were done cleaning. He was over the moon.”

A few nights later, Brian came back to the restaurant. Yaron became concerned that he had started something with Brian and he wasn’t sure how to handle it.

“But about 3 or 4 days later he came back around the same time. He was just as energetic as before but this time he wasn’t as excited. I asked him what was wrong and he said he was struggling for transport money. The times of trying to get to and from work were killing him and he couldn’t do it. He needed to borrow 180 Rand but was willing to clean again if I’d let him.

I had staff that night and didn’t have anything for him to do but as it happened I had a two hundred Rand note in my pocket.
I walked with him, away from the kitchen and a bit begrudgingly, handed it to him in the parking lot.

I remember feeling good the first time I gave him money. Didn’t feel good the second time. But I said cheers and hoped that I’d never see him again.”

For a few months, Yaron didn’t see or hear from Brian and eventually, he forgot about the encounter they had that night. Until one night, Brian came walking around the corner as Yaron was closing up the restaurant.

“It’s been well over 3 months since that week last year and to be honest, I haven’t thought about him. I had forgotten entirely.

Earlier this evening, Brian came round the corner. Biggest smile of the lot this time and he reached into his pocket as he approached the shop window.”

Brian came to pay Yaron back the R200 he had received months earlier. It took Yaron by surprise and led them to have a hearty laugh and debate about who should really have the money.

“Quite comically, like in a movie of sorts, he gently slammed a 200 Rand note on the steel counter. Here you go, my friend.

Shit did I laugh. I shook his hand as he let out a breath of relief. Could see it was something that he had wanted to do for ages.

We chatted for a bit and I asked about his job and how it was going. He doesn’t really enjoy the work but enjoys knowing that he’ll be able to eat at the end of the day. After we were done chatting, I tried to give him back the two hundred Rand note he had given me.

Surprised, his eyes opened widely and he wasn’t sure for a second if he should take it. He shook his head.

I said please, I don’t need it. Again he paused.

Then said thank you, but I don’t need it either. You can give it to someone else who needs it.

He then walked away. But this time I hope I see him again.”

The story has inspired so many people. Many people know the pains of handing over money and never expecting to see it again. That is why so many love the outcome of Yaron and Brian’s story. In the end, Yaron was paid back more than just R200. He got an inspiring moment and a chance to do good once more.

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