A homeless man was caught red-handed nabbing clothes that were hung up to dry outside a house in the northern city of Việt Trì. Desperate for warmth, he had no idea he was being watched by a security camera. Three men quickly came out to stop him.
It must have been one of the thief’s lucky days because instead of being taken to the police he was told to pick up a broom. The men, who took pity on him after he told them he was very cold and hungry, decided he would pay penance by sweeping the floor before being invited to join them for a late supper.
The north of the country is shivering through one of the coldest winters in recent memory, with temperatures dropping to well below 10 degrees Celsius in some parts. Many schools have shut and frost was spotted in mountainous areas. As families are gathering to celebrate the Lunar New Year, let us not forget that there are needy people out there and it’s a season of mercy. — VNS