When Jimmy Mains, a police officer in Rankin, Pennsylvania, couldn’t sell an extra ticket he had to Friday night’s Pittsburgh Penguins game, he ended up taking an unlikely guest.
As Mains was walking to the PPG Paints Arena, a homeless man asked him for money. Mains told the man, who identified himself as Rob, that he didn’t have money but he did have a ticket to the game against the Tampa Bay Lightening, according to WPXI.
Mains told the news outlet that Rob “was ecstatic” after he realized the offer wasn’t a joke.
“I can’t really describe it. He was running up the steps into PPG Paints Arena, and I was like, ‘Dude, you don’t even know where you’re going yet, but we’ll get there,’ ” he told WPXI.
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After taking a selfie at the game, Mains posted it on Facebook.
“We went in and the whole time he couldn’t stop smiling,” he wrote along with the photograph. “At the end of the game he told me that I made his life. He asked me how he could repay me and I told him just to pay it forward.”
It’s since been shared over 15,000 times.