Enjoying lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s swanky Polo Lounge, GOLDIE HAWN was approached by a young man who works at the hotel, who – after thanking her profusely for her fundraising efforts to fight AIDS – confided that he was an AIDS survivor, but that his family had deserted him.

“Goldie was so touched she broke down in tears,” said an eyewitness.

“Unfortunately, a hotel security guy saw Goldie crying and assumed she was being harassed by one of their staff. A minute later, the guy  was surrounded and ushered away by security as the Polo Lounge manager profusely apologized for their employee’s behavior.”

Shocked, Goldie instantly protested that the poor guy had done nothing wrong  – she’d been crying because of his touching story.

“The manager told Goldie he understood and promised the guy wouldn’t be reprimanded – but Goldie was taking no chances,” said the source.

“On her way out, she asked to speak to the hotel’s general manager, explained the situation and got an assurance that the guy wouldn’t lose his job!”