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Kind-hearted businessman who was asked for cash by a homeless man gives him a full-time job instead

  • Ryan Davidson, 25, was begging on the streets of Newcastle earlier this month
  • James Minn, 40, decided to offer him a job, as well as money for food and drink
  • After a no-show on the first day Ryan has turned up and proved to be a 'grafter'  

By Zoie O'brien For Mailonline

Published: 05:24 EDT, 12 July 2018 | Updated: 06:20 EDT, 12 July 2018

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A kind-hearted businessman who took a chance on a street beggar has praised the 'grafter' after he decided to give him a job, rather than spare change.

Ryan Davidson, 25, approached Newcastle businessman James Minn and asked him for cash, earlier this month.

Instead, the 40-year-old who was celebrating his 15th wedding anniversary with his wife and two friends, decided to chat with him, and find out more about the young man asking for money.

After discovering Ryan had been jobless for three-years, Mr Minn decided to give him a chance and offered him work as a labourer at his powder coating firm.

Ryan said: 'James was walking past me, so I asked him for spare change.

'He stopped and seemed like a genuine, nice guy.

Mr Minn (l) met Ryan Davison (r) on the streets of Newcastle. After handing him some money for food he offered the young man a job
Mr Minn (l) met Ryan Davison (r) on the streets of Newcastle. After handing him some money for food he offered the young man a job

Mr Minn (l) met Ryan Davison (r) on the streets of Newcastle. After handing him some money for food he offered the young man a job

 Ryan Davison, 25, has been described as a 'grafter' now he works as a labourer at the powder coating firm in Newcastle
 Ryan Davison, 25, has been described as a 'grafter' now he works as a labourer at the powder coating firm in Newcastle

 Ryan Davison, 25, has been described as a 'grafter' now he works as a labourer at the powder coating firm in Newcastle

'We chatted for a while and then he said he had a company and could offer me a job - I couldn't believe it.'

James posted the news on Facebook on Thursday and 16,000 people reacted to the story.

Ian Joy wrote: 'Been there once before many years ago and it's not often people like you James that has gave this kid the opportunity to get his life sorted into a job for a great company and team hope he turns up for you mate total respect to you.'

John Cummings added: 'Top gesture from a top bloke. Well done James. It's a shame more people don't do the same.'

Nicola Graham-Tait added:'What a lovely smily face he has, I hope he does turn up and uses the opportunity to turn his life around.

'Well done Jimmy - to be in a position to help someone is such a reward.'

But things did not go smoothly when Ryan missed his first day at work on Monday.

Milkman Ian Cutts had offered to collect him at 6.30am but the homeless man was a no-show.

Mr Minns was 'gutted' however, he later heard Ryan had an emergency housing appointment and no credit on his phone to let him know.

The following day, on Tuesday, he turned up on time.

Mr Minn was 'gutted' when Ryan missed his first day. But on Tuesday - the homeless man showed up and got on with work
Mr Minn was 'gutted' when Ryan missed his first day. But on Tuesday - the homeless man showed up and got on with work

Mr Minn was 'gutted' when Ryan missed his first day. But on Tuesday - the homeless man showed up and got on with work

The businessman, from Washington, in Tyne and Wear, said he made the right decision after all.

He added: 'He is getting the break that he deserves. I'm not bothered by his past. I just want him to move forward.

'I've always been interested in how people end up in that situation. I just got talking to him and he seemed like a genuinely nice lad.

'I asked him, 'if someone offered you a job would you take it?' He said, '1,000 per cent I would,' so I offered him one. It isn't just about a job. It is amazing what else can come from it.

'He is an amazing man. I'm lucky to have found him. He is a grafter which is hard to come by these days. I believe he will keep this up. He is doing all of the right things.'

James Minn, 40, was celebrating his 15th wedding anniversary with his wife Victoria, 48, in Newcastle when he came across Ryan Davidson. Now Mr Davison is working as a labourer and earning money for himself 
James Minn, 40, was celebrating his 15th wedding anniversary with his wife Victoria, 48, in Newcastle when he came across Ryan Davidson. Now Mr Davison is working as a labourer and earning money for himself 

James Minn, 40, was celebrating his 15th wedding anniversary with his wife Victoria, 48, in Newcastle when he came across Ryan Davidson. Now Mr Davison is working as a labourer and earning money for himself 

Ryan, from Newcastle said: 'I feel so lucky. Just days ago I was sat on the streets trying to make enough money to get something to eat and now I've got a job and I'm looking for a flat.

'It has been absolutely amazing. I couldn't have been made to feel more welcome.'   

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