A video filmed at a Myrtle Beach McDonald’s showing a police officer telling a man to leave, after a paying customer reportedly paid for his meal, is going viral and sparking outrage.
Yossi Gallo, the man who shot the video, said he got into an argument with the management at the McDonald’s near downtown Myrtle Beach and a police officer, after he tried to buy a homeless man food.
“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 says he couldn’t believe what he was seeing, so he started recording the incident on his phone. McDonald’s management didn’t take too kindly to his yelling and he was later escorted out of the building.
Myrtle Beach Police Capt. Joey Crosby said via email officers went to the restaurant after an employee called to report a man was in the parking lot asking people for money.
When the officer arrived at the restaurant, the employee told police the man was inside the restaurant, according to Crosby. That employee also requested a trespass warning be issued and the person asked to leave the premises.
“The officer advised the male of the request made by the business and issued the warning,” Crosby said. “A bystander, who was videotaping the incident, was also trespassed from the location, at the request of the manager, for what management deemed as disorderly behavior.