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Homeless Man Kicked Out of McDonald's After Customer Buys Him Food

Homeless Man Kicked Out of McDonald's After Customer Buys Him Food

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By    |   Friday, 02 March 2018 11:22 AM

A video of a homeless man being kicked out of a McDonald's in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this week drew angry responses from social media, but the fast-food restaurant owner and mayor say there's more to the story.

Yossi Gallo, the man who recorded the now-viral video, told WMBF-TV that he invited the man into the restaurant after seeing him in the parking lot Wednesday and, as a Good Samaritan gesture, wanted to buy him a meal.

"I waved him down, and I said, 'Hey, are you hungry?'" Gallo told the local station. "He said, 'Yes,' So I went in there with him, and as soon as we went inside, the lady at the register says, 'You're not getting food.'"

Gallo said that he was stunned by the restaurant's response and so he started recording the incident.

"You guys suck," Gallo can be heard saying,  according to WMBF-TV. "He didn't even ask me for food. I brought him from outside. You guys suck."

What Gallo and outraged viewers may not know was that a McDonald's employee had already called Myrtle Beach police on the homeless man, who they claim has a history of disruptive behavior at the restaurant, according to WMBF-TV.

Police eventually escorted the homeless man and Gallo, who continued to record the incident, from the restaurant, the television station reported. Myrtle Beach Police Capt. Joey Crosby said that they escorted Gallo out at the request of McDonald's.

"At my restaurant, the goal is to provide our customers with a positive and welcoming experience each time they visit," Joel Pellici, Jr., the restaurant's owner, told WMBF-TV in a statement. "Unfortunately, the individual in this video has a history of disruptive behavior and has been asked to leave by management and police on several occasions."

Social media users watching Gallo's video flooded Facebook with comments, sharing it more than 1.3 million times and viewing it more than 63 million times, with many leaving negative comments toward McDonald's. Some users also targeted the responding police officer's personal Facebook page.

Mayor Brenda Bethune told the Myrtle Beach Sun News Thursday afternoon that she felt the officer's response was appropriate after viewing her body cam video.

"When things got out of hand was when the person shooting the video became irate with her and it's her job to get stern when someone is threatening her and speaking to her in that tone of voice," Bethune told the newspaper. "But as far as the way she handled the gentleman who was in the McDonald's, I think that she handled him very kindly."

Gallo supported the officer's actions as well.

"I do believe that she was doing her job," Gallo told WMBF-TV. "I don't have any anger towards her in any way . . . I would say please definitely leave her alone. She was very polite. She was doing her job. I wouldn't want anyone to speak badly of her. She was very nice actually."

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A video of a homeless man being kicked out of a McDonald's in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this week drew angry responses from social media, but the fast-food restaurant owner and mayor say there's more to the story.
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