Yossi Gallo was trying to be a good person when he bought a homeless man James Owens a meal. Gallo said he spotted Owens as he was walking by a McDonald's in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
It didn’t go well. Once you feel the need to start recording on your phone for evidence, you know your lunch has gone sour.
Footage shot by Gallow shows a police officer approaching Owens, and Gallo attempting to stop her from harassing his new friend. A McDonald’s staffer called the cops after the pair walked in and requested a trespass warning against Owens, according to the New York Post. The employee claimed that a homeless man was asking for money in the parking lot of the fast food restaurant.
A police officer told Owens he wasn’t allowed in that particular McDonald's ever again. She did let him finish his meal before kicking him out.
“By the way, you guys suck. He didn’t even ask me for food,” Gallo yelled at the cop. “I brought him from outside.”
Gallo posted the video of the incident on February 28, which he captioned “Sometimes I hate the world :(“ on his Facebook, and it has since gone viral with millions of views. Most people are team Gallo and Owens.
After being forced to leave McDonald's, Owens can be seen getting emotional in the clip.
“I started crying, I was very upset,” Owens told WPDE, an ABC station in Myrtle Beach. “It was wrong. They discriminate against me because I was homeless. But see, I didn’t ask nobody for nothing.”
Gallo posted a screenshot that shows McDonald's stocks falling which he appears to blame on the outrage of the video.
Joel Pellici Jr., the owner of the Myrtle Beach McDonalds, sent WPDE a press release which stated: "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."