This New York City Deli Offers Customers Free Food If They Can Solve Simple Math Problems - Cnn

This New York City Deli Offers Customers Free Food If They Can Solve Simple Math Problems - Cnn

This New York deli offers customers free food if they can solve simple math problems

The rules are simple at this deli in the Bronx: solve a math equation and you get five seconds to grab anything you want off store shelves. (But not the cat.)

11.2.2020

The rules are simple at this deli in the Bronx: solve a math equation and you get five seconds to grab anything you want off store shelves. (But not the cat.)

A sandwich, a soda or maybe even a chocolate bar to satisfy a midnight craving: These are some of the many things you'd expect to find at a New York deli and convenience store.

New York (CNN) But customers at Lucky Candy in the Bronx get an entirely different experience, and it's all thanks to cashier Ahmed Alwan.To his customers, the 20-year-old college student is easily recognizable, and it's not just because of his bright smile and cheerful energy. Two weeks ago, Alwan decided to start playing a game with shoppers -- and it's since gone viral.The rules are simple: If you can solve a math equation, you get five seconds to grab anything you want off store shelves and have it for free. The one thing you're not allowed to grab? His cat. (Yes, someone tried.)Read More View this post on Instagram He wanted to take my cat 🤦‍♂️ @worldstar #explorepage #worldstar A post shared by Ahmed Alwan (@_itsmedyy_) on Jan 30, 2020 at 8:34pm PST "All I wanted to do was to help people," Alwan told CNN."But I wanted to make it fun. So I made a TikTok and chose a challenge, asking them a math question. It's a way to entertain and educate people in need while putting a smile on their face, too."Two weeks and 13 videos later, Alwan has become an internet sensation, gaining more than 300,000 followers on TikTok and 17,000 on Instagram. In his videos, Alwan can be heard asking customers simple questions such as,"What's 5 times 5?" or"9 times 9 minus 5?"Those who answer correctly use their five seconds (and a few quarters) to scramble around the store grabbing anything from chips and ice cream to speakers and hookahs. But no matter how much they grab, or how valuable the items are, their cost is always the same: $0.A history of giving backAlwan pays for everything out of his own pocket. His main concern isn't money, he said, but helping low-income community members save for higher priority expenses, such as rent and utilities.Saleh Aobad, the store's owner and Alwan's father, said he's"very proud" of his son."It's great to see him do good and help out the community, and most importantly represent Islam," Aobad, an immigrant from Yemen, told CNN."It's impacting the business in a positive way, bringing awareness and attention to the store as well as spreading positivity throughout the community."Many of the store's customers are familiar faces, people Alwan has known since he was 13 and began working in the family business. Others are strangers. But they all get a fair shot at solving a math problem. View this post on Instagram Early Valentine special 😂 she was so happy ❤️@worldstar @theellenshow A post shared by Ahmed Alwan (@_itsmedyy_) on Feb 7, 2020 at 8:56am PST Alwan, who's studying at Bronx Community College to become a pharmacist, has a history of being charitable.He often gives customers food and household supplies on credit, his father said. And on cold mornings when he spots people sleeping at the nearby train station or by the tracks, he offers them free coffee, bananas and muffins.Alwan's TikTok and Instagram videos are heartwarming and funny, but what they've done for his community goes beyond free chips and cookies."This changed our relationship with the community big time," Alwan said."They're all showing me so much love and lining up at the store just for a chance to play. We have so many visitors coming to take pictures and say hi. But it's not about me. It's about the community."Alwan said he plans to continue making videos, and even getting more creative with his questions. He even started a GoFundMe to support the game and enable him to help more people."The money will be going towards products and food that would be used for the challenges and even simple donations for customers in need," he said.The goal, he explained on the GoFundMe, is"to inspire others to always be kindhearted." Read more: CNN

'The rules are simple at this deli in the Bronx: solve a math equation and you get five seconds to grab anything you want off store shelves.' lottery tickets. winning It looks fun with a very nice idea! This is some fake bullshit just to show that the dude recording the video is so nice and kind, this dude is just an actor paid by the man recording this video.

Quick maths Awesome! It brings 😁😁😁 牛逼 “Not my cat” 😂😂😂😂😂 Well done lads that’s awesome 👏 come to Sand Fran you can take anything you want off the shelves and walk out everywhere was long as it’s under $950. Welcome to the liberal life. Sound like AndrewYang opened a post campaign bodega. This is so poor safari bullshit.

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💚 I love it Great idea. Even wizards need math. 5 seconds or 5 mins? 😸😸 AdaezeOparaugo They should do this with Subway cookies. Solve a math problem and you get a free cookie with your sandwhich. What’s 9+10? Bummer... I'd come out empty handed everytime!

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👁to late I see you🐐😳😂🤔 A MUST WATCH & LISTEN 🌹🤷🏽‍♂️ ( 7LORD F O C U S E D ) 👉🏽 CLICK 👉🏽 very funny, he wanted to take the cat, Jajajaja 😺 that's so sick, i love that! ChrisCuomo Id ransack the whole joint. Lottery tickets? Yeah we get it. Black people are supposed to be too dumb at math CashNastyGaming KingJames BillGates neiltyson elonmusk NBA NFL realDonaldTrump

Nice thingy to do for all the wrong reasons,,,,,, Well. Humanity first nice one

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And you forget to mention, the guy who is doing this charitable act of of kindness is the son of an immigrant (a Muslim Arab) who owns the store 😇 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂👍👍👍 Awesome idea!! I think this is great. People are good , we just need to stop and listen to each other , this guy is amazing ❤️ How cool lol someone grabbed whole person😂

Or just play raid shadow legends for free today. Not my cat 😂🤣😂🤣 Good Idea!! Love it!

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Still good things happening in this country, despite it all. Love the ‘not my cat’! First thing I would grab 🤗 'Not my cat!' 🤣😂😆 The smiles on their faces is satisfying Туда точно не пойду Did the lady pick a newspaper 🗞😂 But that's all I want is the cat!! 😾😿 Lmao. Dude tried to take the cat. ฅ^•ﻌ•^ฅ

That would be interesting in an iPhone store.🤭 MO AND I PRACTICE VOODOO OVERNIGHT and we wont take lest than 500 every night

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Creative Marketing Strategy Wow so kool 45needstogo1 Not the cat!!!!!!!! I’d never win! 😂 Heart warming. IshAitHamou 'Not my cat!' LMAO wish somebody would come at me with some math questions bruh 😎 Sounds like they're taking advantage of the poor and needy Just to boost their followers and likes online Then they have a go fund me page that probably brings in more money than they're spending on this publicity stunt

Are we allowed to take calculators?

What the New York Times' Rukmini Callimachi Wears to Interview the World's Most Dangerous Terrorists'For women in journalism, we often find ourselves tip-toeing a fine sartorial line between looking feminine and serious, but not stodgy,' rcallimachi says. 'For female reporters covering Islamic extremism it's on an entirely different level.'

Good guy! I guess the shop owner is a math teacher la ? Go for those turkeys! SuperMarketSweep If they were smart they would go for scratch tickets ... 5 seconds, I'd take all of it 🙃 Go for those laundry products , especially Tide , they are worth the most $ can u for chinese ? That's not how capitalism works ! :-)

YES. love this really hard. We have to look after each other. 💝👏👏👏👏👏👏 And a trump supporter will still scream at him “GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY” The owner is a Yemeni

I follow his tiktok. I love his videos HELL YES GRAB ALL OF THE DORITOS I'd starve. JerryCalvert76 Not the cat lol❣😂 What a heart warming gesture from this store. Humans can be awesome sometimes❣ THE CAT STAYS! 😂 notmycat Seriously, bananas . She is a racist do you guys remember being a human interest network

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Two and two quarters? HUH?!?! Innovative! Simply Fabulous! We need more of this, please. America: This is some awesomely Good Stuff👍🏼 This is what America is all about and I would fight anyone who says this guy isnt a true blue American with a heart of gold That's great. Wow!! Cooool game That’s not news. Focus on the cruel budget proposal by the heartless realDonaldTrump

I wanted this in my life, please Store would be more profitable in AOC district This is brilliant, but free groceries for five seconds and she grabs a banana? I think we need to re-examine those math skills. desusnice THEKIDMERO

at some point in our civilization food should be free.... 🤔 Excellent idea damn if only i was good at math Not my cat 😄 awesome



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