Shaq Paid For Everyone's Meals At His Favorite Restaurant
There doesn't seem to be any scientific studies delving into a potential correlation between Shaquille O'Neal's stature and capacity for generosity, but it does seem that the man's heart is as large as his frame.
The 4-time NBA Championship winner visited Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen in Houston, Tx, and paid for everyone's meals in The Schmooze Room, which is the biggest private dining area the eatery offers.
The business posted about his kind gesture on its Facebook page, with an employee of the establishment posing for a selfie with the Inside the NBA host.
The restaurant wrote, "Our friend Shaq paid us a visit today. This was his first time at the new store, and (he) loved it! He is such a Mench – he bought everybody’s meal in The Schmooze Room! What a great guy."
Here's heartwarming story of Shaq O'Neal at Houston delicatessen on this Christmas Eve when he paid for everyone's Christmas Eve meal at delicatessan. Now this is act of kindness by an NBA Basketball Hall of Famer. A generous act by kind person. Heartwarming, it was really cold.— Mary M Jones (@MarileaJ) January 2, 2023
NBC New York reported that O'Neal purchased a house in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Carrollton property is purportedly 5,300 square feet and sports five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and two half baths.
What a joyous way to celebrate the holidays! @shaq’s 21st annual Shaq-a-Claus was another incredible success thanks to our generous sponsors. Hundreds of children at the Shaquille O’Neal Boys & Girls Club of Henry County received toys, coats, backpacks, socks, snacks and more. pic.twitter.com/pveksU4ApY— The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation (@shaqfoundation) December 19, 2022
The move is rumored to be a part of Shaq's decision to expand his Big Chicken Restaurants throughout the DFW area and the state of Texas.
Shaq buys 10 pairs of shoes for teen with big feet whose mom can't afford sneakers https://t.co/BNCV9XIYcx pic.twitter.com/gxOax6nx9g— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 10, 2019
O'Neal has said that one of his favorite things to do whenever he's out is to purchase things for fans, especially children. He told People magazine in an interview: "My favorite thing to do is when I'm in Best Buy, Walmart, if I see a kid, get them something that I see he's looking at."
.@SHAQ saw this young man buying an engagement ring and decided to pay for it 👏— ESPN (@espn) April 7, 2021
(via @shaqfu_radio) pic.twitter.com/svMeqCT3e4
He did joke, however, that he always tells kids to get permission from their parents first, so as to not reinforce the bad habit of accepting gifts from strangers. "I always tell them to ask their parents if they're going to take things from strangers. You don't want kids to get used to having a stranger come up and say, 'Hey, I got a whole lot of money. Can I buy you something?"
Shaquille O'Neal donates home to family of Atlanta boy paralyzed in shooting https://t.co/4eAUvHyuzL— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 18, 2019
Shaq doesn't record his own acts of generosity, but because he's such a well-known public figure, O'Neal naturally gets recorded doing things for others. Like when he bought a teenage with big feet ten pairs of sneakers as his mother couldn't afford them.