However, it doesn't appear Owens will be taking handouts anytime soon.
Calling Lawrence a "stupid f-", the star accused her of "trying to embarrass this hardworking man", who played Elvin Tibideaux in "The Cosby Show" from 1985-1992.
"I got to the point that I needed to take a job to pay my bills, to support my family, it was basically that", said Owens, who resigned from Trader Joe's a few weeks ago.
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Having appeared on a long list TV shows including The Blacklist, Divorce, and Lucifer after his role on The Cosby Show, Owens was basically making an honest living between gigs - yet he received flack for that. I just did it. I mean, that kind of sounded like he was saying, 'Come work with me.' I'm so, like, skeptical.
Owens has actually stopped working at Trader Joe's for now but is thankful for the outpouring love and support.
The outcry from the public was very negative, with many accusing the publications of shaming him over his choice in career.
A customer's snapshots of Owens bagging groceries in New Jersey were published by the Daily Mail and Fox News, leading to accusations of "job-shaming". "I don't know why I snuck a picture", the 50-year-old told the site. And we'll see what happens with that. I didn't even think about it. "I wanted a job that had some flexibility, so that if I did stay in (the) entertainment industry, if I could continue to audition and do jobs if I could, and Trader Joe's provided that".