- Crowds left furious at incident on Victoria Street in London on Saturday night
- Clip shows man in high-viz jacket wetting area where homeless man camped out
A McDonald’s worker was shamed today after mopping the pavement and soaking a homeless man’s sleeping bag in front of horrified customers.
Footage shared to social media shows a man in a high-viz jacket shamelessly wetting the area where a homeless man was camped out.
The video, taken on Victoria Street in London on Saturday night, then shows crowds erupt into fury as the man’s belongings are completely flooded.
Another security guard can be seen attempting to stop filming, as bystanders can be heard describing the situation as ‘outrageous’ and ‘bang out of order’.
McDonald’s has since apologised for the incident that emerged on X today and said the workers, employed via a third party, have already been removed from the restaurant.
A McDonald’s worker was shamed today after mopping the pavement and soaking a homeless man’s sleeping bag in front of horrified customers
The homeless man had been sitting outside a Nationwide bank branch – next door to the McDonald’s where the security guards were working.
Video shows the homeless man trying to move his sleeping bag and duvet away from the water as it seeped underneath.
He was heard saying ‘leave me alone’ as his belongings were kicked out of the way.
The man filming the incident is able to capture the ordeal, as another worker tries to stop him.
The man behind the camera can be heard saying: ‘I’m allowed to film. That is outrageous behaviour.
‘You have to admit that is outrageous behaviour. You’ve covered his sleeping bag! That’s wrong and you know that. That is out of order. Bang out of order.’
In the background, the homeless man, getting increasingly distressed, asks the worker: ‘what have you done? I’m not even outside your shop!’
A crowd then quickly assembles as bystanders stand up for the man, with one even handing him some money.
As the scene gets increasingly hostile, a security guard can be seen coming out of the restaurant, asking the homeless man: ‘Oy why you causing trouble?’
But the crowd is quick to leap to his defence, with the man filming insisting: ‘What do you mean causing trouble?
Footage shared to social media shows a man in a high-viz jacket shamelessly wetting the area where a homeless man was camped out
‘The guy’s just covered his sleeping bag in water. It’s winter! That is outrageous.’
‘You don’t need to mop it all over him’, a woman then says in the background.
Damon Evans, who posted the footage on X, tagged McDonald’s and asked: ‘Do you think it is acceptable for your staff to soak the sleeping bags of homeless people in the middle of winter (or any other time of the year)?
‘Disgusting behaviour. He wasn’t even outside your premises.’
McDonald’s UK has since responded to the incident.
A spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We are shocked and saddened by this incident.
‘The third party security guards involved have been permanently removed from our restaurants and the restaurant team has been reminded of the importance of treating all people with respect including vulnerable people both in the restaurant and within the wider community.
‘We would like to wholeheartedly apologise to the gentleman in the video and will work with the council to locate him and make amends, as part of our continued support for homelessness charities and organisations across London.’