Recently, a Detroit McDonalds worker was captured on camera tricking a homeless person into thinking he would be able to get a meal through a drive-thru window, but instead, the employee threw water in the man’s face.
The owner of the McDonalds has since confirmed that the employee involved was terminated.
“I am very disturbed by the inappropriate behavior of this employee,” said McDonald’s franchisee Wise Finley, reports 11Alive. “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.”
After the video began to make the rounds of the internet, many people expressed their outrage over the treatment of this homeless man, who is called “Willie” by the employee in the video.
Tasha Gray, executive director of the Homeless Action Network of Detroit, said, “I think we forget sometimes that people experiencing homelessness are just like you and I. We have working families who just don’t have enough means to make ends meet. I like to tell my staff that we’re one missed paycheck away from homelessness.”
Bishop Daryl Harris, pastor of Total Life Christian Ministries, also expressed his outrage: “I was outraged — I couldn’t believe it. To use the food that he was asking for to lure him over and assault him in that manner, it was just cruel.”
The original video is below. Warning: Graphic language.