Mistreating and exploiting homeless people seems to be a much too common occurrence lately. The worst part is that the culprits generally get away with it.
This time though, an ignorant jerk got exactly what he deserved.
A McDonald’s employee in Detroit was recently filmed throwing water on a homeless man for seemingly no justifiable reason at all — just because he thought it would be funny.
The clip was recorded by a customer at the drive-thru window who was laughing and instigating the incident. The worker called out to the elderly homeless man, Willie, and offered him a sandwich.
At first, Willie refused to go to the window but the worker held out a food box and lured him over. As soon as Willie approached the drive-thru, the worker threw a cup of water in his face.
Willy asked, “Why’d you do that?” before angrily storming off.
In the video, it appears as though it had been raining as the customer’s windshield had water drops streaming down and the windshield wipers were activated. That detail intensifies the outrage here because the man was evidently homeless in the rain and undoubtedly cold, so for the worker to throw water at him just adds to his suffering.
The employee has since been fired.
“I am very disturbed by the inappropriate behavior of this employee," McDonald's franchisee Wise Finley reportedly said in a statement. “This type of behavior is not tolerated in my organization. I expect my employees to treat everyone with dignity and respect, and this was unacceptable. This individual no longer works for my organization.”
How vile of a human being do you have to be to find humor in someone else’s distress?
Attacking the vulnerable and weak is what makes cowards feel good about themselves. Humiliating Willie probably made that worker feel superior to someone else, but to those of us with compassion in our hearts … it just makes him look insensitive and cruel.
McDonalds employee offered a homeless man food at the drive-thru then threw water in his face & laughed. Why do people like that exist!?— Amber Fandrey ☀️ (@ambuhfanny) November 11, 2015
Now that this worker is unemployed, he’s not too far above Willie as far as economic status goes. I’m willing to bet now that he's pretty much hated by everyone, his water tossing days are over.
Warning: Video Contains Offensive Language.
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