Random Acts of Pizza: Charming or Cheesy?

Food 2011/06/29 16:44:20
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Sometimes, red roses just don't make a lot of practical sense. Like if your family is living off of rice and potatoes, or if you're a young couple trying to scrape by.

If that's the case, maybe Random Acts of Pizza is right up your alley.

According to ABC, the Reddit-based site allows users to post a story and request in hopes that some kind soul will be moved enough by the story to order them a pizza.

One request reads: "Today is my husbands birthday and I wanted to take him out for dinner but we don't have the money. I would love to surprise him with pizza for supper."

A New York man named Gabriel wrote in looking for help for his mother: "It's been a long time since my mother and I have had proper food. I've been struggling to find any kind of work so I can supplement my mom's social security. ... A real pizza would certainly lift our spirits."

You can't eat roses, after all. Well, OK, you sort of can. But they're not as filling as pizza.

You can read stories, grant requests, and make your own here.

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  • 001 2011/06/29 19:04:12
    It's actually cheesy that 'cheesy' is an option.

    I do think it's nice how other people send food to poor people, but it's quite easy to make up a sad story about your hungry family and forget to mention how you spent all your savings on liquor and gambling.

    I can also imagine how someone poor would find it humiliating to have to ask (basically beg) for pizza, regardless of the reason they can't afford one themselves.

    I guess I think too much of the pizza would end up on the wrong plates.

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  • HeatherFoxV 2011/08/01 11:14:31
    This is adorable.
  • Emily 2011/07/28 09:03:15
    I understand that you could just as easily post a story as some college student who just doesn't want to pay for a lousy pizza, but I think it's nice if you can't do anything else, or can't afford anything else.
  • Cthebookworm 2011/07/28 06:57:37
  • ElectricKumquat 2011/07/27 17:25:33
    I love how 1% of the vote is missing.
  • Jay Jodon Small 2011/07/27 11:01:17 (edited)
    Jay Jodon Small
    great site,people helping people
  • mustachio 2011/07/27 02:14:04
    i would rather get something like chinese food
  • shadowpuppet 2011/07/23 07:37:57
    I think it's nice but weird.
  • Freya Andrea 2011/07/22 21:27:12
    Freya Andrea
    Hawaiian pizza would be like the equivalent of wild orchids or birds of paradise
  • Emma 2011/07/20 18:44:22
    so many little things can lift your spirits. at least you need to eat pizza, its not cash to buy one that is spent on other things.
  • Heat Her 2011/07/20 17:43:46
    Heat Her
    When I knew people going threw hard times I would make them gift baskets of food with recipe cards telling them how to make an awesome dinner. I also have done this for new mom's that don't have the time or energy to food shop, let alone decide on what to make for dinner. A few dollars can set someone up with enough kitchen staples for a few nights dinners plus leftovers. I also made a habit of buying a&p; gift certificates for people during the holidays. Then you know they won't be buying new shoes with the money you sent them to help out. Pizza, however, will only feed them for a day or two. The ingredients it takes to make pizza could be re-made into other foods for a week.
  • ruru Heat Her 2011/07/22 02:35:03
    I totally agree.
  • Juanb 2011/07/19 13:37:06
    Hell yea with Black olives and pepperoni
  • Tear 2011/07/18 09:06:21
    What an awesome idea!

    Unfortunately, yes... wide open for a whole lot of abuse.
  • He'a: ka'ka:' 2011/07/16 16:12:51
    He'a: ka'ka:'
    Why not.
  • jimrthy BN-0 2011/07/15 21:54:42
    jimrthy BN-0
    That's an awesome idea!
  • jimrthy... jimrthy... 2011/07/15 21:56:50
    jimrthy BN-0
    Actually, after thinking about it for about half a second, I'm not so sure about it. I can see how this could be a touchy feel-good kind of thing for donors, it isn't really going to do much to improve anyone's lives.

    Seems like it would be much more worthwhile to contribute to a real non-profit that creates meaningful, lasting change.
  • Azrael-In GOD we trust 2011/07/14 23:11:49
    Azrael-In GOD we trust
    I think it's a great idea. Pizza is a great food and not everyone has the luxury of being able to go out and buy one on occasion.
  • KittyKat 2011/07/14 14:41:13
    Cheese cheese cheese!!
  • Bunk11 2011/07/14 13:38:34
    Buying someone a pizza is nice. Begging for someone to buy one for you is pretty whiny. Can't afford a pizza? Buy a frozen one. Or make your own. Or cut back on some other expense to get the $8. Or just buy a slice. Stop asking everyone else to take care of you.
  • hebbycakes 2011/07/14 01:10:44
    Cheesy, but not in a bad way. I think at the same time, we place too much priority on property. Instead of giving money, buying food might be more suitable...

    Food is not a privilege, but a right. At least, that's what I believe.
  • jimrthy... hebbycakes 2011/07/15 22:12:33
    jimrthy BN-0
    I totally agree with you about the right/privilege.

    Unfortunately, in our culture, we believe it's appropriate to keep food under lock and key.
  • hebbycakes jimrthy... 2011/07/15 22:55:10
    I wholeheartedly support soup kitchens for the reason that even those who can't afford more than a few things deserve food to survive.
  • Miss Bela Rae 2011/07/12 05:35:19
    Miss Bela Rae
    it would be cheesy too because it's pizza
  • NarcolepticGoat 2011/07/10 22:02:53 (edited)
    A treat for someone who can't afford it can lift one's spirits so much.

    I know. I've been on both ends of random acts of kindness.

    One can make you feel good, the other can mean a world of difference in an otherwise horrible time.
  • Teenage Dirtbag 2011/07/10 13:24:49
    Teenage Dirtbag
    and tasty! :D
  • shadow76 2011/07/10 05:45:18
    They can Scrape together and get a nice Red mBaron's Pizza, they are usually on sale. I am tired of people begging from the workers. These people are no better than panhandlers in the street.
  • jimrthy... shadow76 2011/07/15 22:10:39
    jimrthy BN-0
    Have you looked at the unemployment numbers lately? We're in an employer's dream market right now.

    It doesn't do any good to tell people to "Get a job" when there aren't any.

    I'd rather buy a meal for a panhandler I deal with face-to-face than send that money to a bunch of government bureaucrats who will squander around 70% of it.
  • shadow76 jimrthy... 2011/07/17 07:33:40
    I prefer not to give any money to Govt that makes things worse. I prefer to give it to people I know in Church and other places that I trust.
  • ruru jimrthy... 2011/07/22 02:42:51
    In our town there is this panhandler who lives in a tent in the woods his pathetic sign says. So I was giving him a buck every once in a while. My friends and family kept telling about the beggars in our town, but I am a softie. He was leaving his truck a couple of blocks away out of sight. I have to learn every thing the hard way.
  • jimrthy... ruru 2011/07/25 22:51:09
    jimrthy BN-0
    That's why I said "buy a meal" rather than "donate cash."

    I once worked with a guy for a while who had a fairly nice apartment he shared with a few roommates, and worked pretty much every day during the week--we were both netting around $250 a week.

    On the weekends, he'd head out to the clubs and beg for change there. He said he averaged about $100 a night.

    Based on the tricks and thought patterns I learned from him, I'm fairly confident in my skills at picking out the fakes.

    Even without that, though, I'd be more confident in myself than some faceless bureaucrat.
  • ruru jimrthy... 2011/08/01 05:46:36
    Sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders.
  • jimrthy... ruru 2011/08/10 15:39:05
    jimrthy BN-0
    Thanks. I try.
  • marcie 2011/07/09 21:06:27
    To beg for a gift of any kind on line is cheesy at best and those who are truly in need don't usually ask. It is friends who see their need ,help as much as they can and sometimes tell the story of their friends in an effort to get them some help from out side. I can see alot of fraud going on with this little gig.
  • jimrthy... marcie 2011/07/15 22:07:18
    jimrthy BN-0
    Sadly, so can I.
  • marcie jimrthy... 2011/08/01 05:00:40
    Some people are just born piranhas and will scam whoever they can
  • jimrthy... marcie 2011/08/10 15:39:58
    jimrthy BN-0
    That's a mean thing to say!

    Piranhas aren't *that* bad...
  • marcie jimrthy... 2011/08/13 05:25:01
    No they just eat everything within reach down to the bone.
  • ELLIE 2011/07/09 17:21:40
    Charming with a great deal of cheese added in some cases.
  • Ben 2011/07/07 21:21:04
    If you decide to do this, find out up front how you are supposed to pay for this. Many pizza companies require a credit/debit card at the place of delivery. So, you may not be able to just call up with your debit card and surprise someone at their front door with a pizza. I used to work for Pizza Hut and it was depressing to show up at a house with hungry kids, just to have to turn them down because the husband/dad ordered from work and the card holder wasn't at the house.
  • jimrthy... Ben 2011/07/15 22:06:50
    jimrthy BN-0
    That would really suck.

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