They thought they were going to the shelter. They walked into a five-star restaurant. Gasps!

It was a daring prank. He took a soup kitchen and transformed it. They can't believe their eyes.

Most homeless people just caught one bad break too many.

They're not bad people. They're not irresponsible. They're just unlucky.


And as a result of their bad luck, the rest of us treat them like animals. Like not having a house makes you less of a human.

They also end up eating a lot of soup.

Hey, it's calories, right?

But what if some homeless people could have a fine dining experience? The music, the white tablecloths, the candles?

Prank It Forward decided to find out. They brought in a designer to transform the space.

A professional chef and a team of volunteers prepared the most stereotypically "fancy" meal they could think of: filet mignon.

The guests couldn't believe their eyes. They were astounded that all of this was for them.

But more than the food, the string quartet, the decor ... the thing they commented on over and over was how amazing it felt to be treated with respect.

How hard is it to offer another person some dignity?

According to this video ... not that hard. Kind of fun, actually.

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In America, one dumb mistake can hang over your head forever.

Nearly 30% of the American adult population — about 70 million people — have at least one criminal conviction that can prevent them from being treated equally when it comes to everything from job and housing opportunities to child custody.

Twenty million of these Americans have felony convictions that can destroy their chances of making a comfortable living and prevents them from voting out the lawmakers who imprisoned them.

Many of these convictions are drug-related and stem from the War on Drugs that began in the U.S. '80s. This war has unfairly targeted the minority community, especially African-Americans.

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Climate change is happening because the earth is warming at an accelerated rate, a significant portion of that acceleration is due to human activity, and not taking measures to mitigate it will have disastrous consequences for life as we know it.

In other words: Earth is heating up, it's kinda our fault, and if we don't fix it, we're screwed.

This is the consensus of the vast majority of the world's scientists who study such things for a living. Case closed. End of story.

How do we know this to be true? Because pretty much every reputable scientific organization on the planet has examined and endorsed these conclusions. Thousands of climate studies have been done, and multiple peer-reviewed studies have been done on those studies, showing that somewhere between 84 and 97 percent of active climate science experts support these conclusions. In fact, the majority of those studies put the consensus well above 90%.

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Two years ago, a tweet featuring the invoice for a fixed boiler went viral because the customer, a 91-year-old woman with leukemia, received the services for free.

"No charge for this lady under any circumstances," the invoice read. "We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible."

The repair was done by James Anderson, 52, a father-of-five from Burnley, England. "James is an absolute star, it was overwhelming to see that it cost nothing," the woman's daughter told CNN.

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I live in a family with various food intolerances. Thankfully, none of them are super serious, but we are familiar with the challenges of finding alternatives to certain foods, constantly checking labels, and asking restaurants about their ingredients.

In our family, if someone accidentally eats something they shouldn't, it's mainly a bit of inconvenient discomfort. For those with truly life-threatening food allergies, the stakes are much higher.

I can't imagine the ongoing stress of deadly allergy, especially for parents trying to keep their little ones safe.

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