Video of homeless man being escorted off the premises of McDonald’s after a customer reportedly paid for his food has gone viral, and is sparking outrage.
Yossi Gallo, the man responsible for the video, said he saw a homeless man across the street and invited him into the fast-food restaurant with him.
“I waved him down, and I said, ‘Hey, are you hungry?’ and he said, ‘Yes,’” Gallo said in an interview with WMBF News. “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.’ She tells him he’s not getting food.”
Gallo said he began recording the incident on his phone after that.
In the video, Gallo can be heard arguing with management and a police officer who was called to the scene to issue a trespass warning for the homeless man, as requested by the McDonald’s restaurant.
Gallo gets increasingly angry by the actions of the employees and the responding officer, who is seen explaining to the homeless man as he is eating his food that he will have to leave.
“You guys suck. He didn’t even ask me for food. I brought him from outside. You guys suck,” Gallo can be heard loudly saying in the video.
The McDonald’s management responded to Gallo’s criticisms by asking him to quiet down.
“Calm your voice. That’s what I’m asking you to do,” one of the employees said to Gallo in the video.
“This is how I talk. I talk loud. If the officer has a problem with that, the officer’s going to arrest me,” Gallo responded.
Gallo was removed from the building as well and issued a trespass warning.
In a statement to WMBF, Joel Pellicci Jr., the owner of the McDonald’s in question, said this has been an ongoing problem:
“At my restaurant, the goal is to provide our customers with a positive and welcoming experience each time they visit. 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.”
Since publishing the video Wednesday morning, Gallo has received over 42 million views and 1 million shares, and has created a viral outrage, with people taking issue with the police officer and the fast-food chain.