Here at Shared, we work really hard to remind everyone that the world is a lot nicer than we think.
But some stories just make me shake my head and ask, “What is happening to us?”
Sadly, this is one of those stories.
It comes courtesy of a man named Yossi Gallo, from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Gallo was only trying to be a good Samaritan for someone down on their luck in his own community.
But he wound up recording a very upsetting encounter with local police that is going viral around the world.
Gallo was in downtown Myrtle Beach when he says he bumped into a homeless man across the street from a McDonald’s.
He asked the man if he was hungry, he said yes, and Gallo offered to buy him a meal inside the restaurant.
So far so good.
But when Gallo and the homeless man walked into the McDonald’s, Gallo says the cashier told the man, “You’re not getting food.”
Soon police had arrived, and they later said they were called because a homeless man was asking for money in the restaurant’s parking lot.
Gallo pulled out his phone and started recording as a police officer told the homeless man to finish his meal, leave, and never come back.
Yossi said he couldn’t believe what was happening in front of him, which is why he taped and shared the encounter on Facebook, where it has been viewed more than 60 million times.
“You guys suck,” Gallo says in the video. “He didn’t even ask me for food. I brought him in from outside. I’ll never be back here again.”
But the restaurant’s owner and local police tell a very different story.