Penguins Fan's Gesture Changed Homeless Man's Life

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Penguins Fan's Gesture Changed Homeless Man's Life

Pittsburgh Penguins fan and newly minted police officer, Jimmy Mains was on his way to a game last week when he was stopped by a homeless man, Rob, asking for some spare change. Unfortunately, Mains didn't have any money on him but instead of walking away like many folks do, he did something that Rob wouldn't soon forget.

Mains offered Rob the extra ticket he had and the pair spent the evening together at the Penguins vs Tampa Bay Lightning game. Check out how happy they look!


Mains told that Rob couldn't actually believe he was going to the game,"I don't think it set in with him that we were going to the game until we went through the gate and through the metal detectors. He told me he had never been inside (the arena), only outside."

Rob was fully immersed in the experience and "couldn't stop smiling" Mains wrote in a Facebook post that has since gone viral. He continued, "During the anthem, he stood there and sang every word," Mains said. "He was yelling and cheering the whole game. It was just great to see a guy, who is obviously a little down on his luck, so happy."

I went to the Pens game last Friday and as I posted on Facebook I had an extra ticket. After not being able to find...

Posted by Jimmy Mains on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In his chat with, Mains said that his parents were the one's who instilled the valued of kindness in him, "My parents always taught me to treat everyone how you wanted to be treated." He continued,  "And if you have the opportunity to help someone, you do it. Just because someone is out on the street, doesn't make you any better than them.

The new friends have exchanged contact information and Mains will be helping Rob with some expenses while he prepares for a potential new job. He didn't share the story for recognition but he did it to "put some positivity on Facebook."

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