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VIDEO: Officer tells homeless man to leave SC McDonald's


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) - A video went viral Wednesday morning showing a Myrtle Beach Police officer asking a homeless man to leave the property of a McDonald's.

That video, posted by Yossi Gallo, now has more than 3.2 million views and that number continues to rise.

Gallo filmed his exchange with a police officer and McDonald's manager as the officer confronted the homeless man telling him he was reported for trespassing and asking him to leave.

Gallo: He didn’t even ask me for food, I brought him from outside. You guys suck for giving a trespass.
Cop: I didn’t do anything.
Gallo: Yes you did, you suck.
Manager: Sir, Calm your voice.
Gallo: This is how I talk I talk loud if the officer has a problem with that, the officer’s going to arrest me.
Manager: Sir, you’re being disorderly.
Gallo: I’m not being disorderly. The guy he didn’t ask me for food. I saw him across the street and I brought him over here and I bought him food.
Cop: OK, we’re here because apparently he’s asked multiple people OK multiple people have complained so it’s not just you. If management has asked you to quiet down. Quiet down.
Manager: I don’t even know what’s going on here but you’re yelling
Gallo: What’s going on is you suck. I brought him over as soon I saw him, nah nah he’s not getting food, I paid for his food he’s getting food.
Manager: Sir calm down. I understand your compassion for others I do but you do not have the right to talk that way.

Myrtle Beach Police confirmed the incident, saying they were dispatched to the McDonald's after receiving a call from an employee.

According to a press release, the homeless man was in the parking lot asking people for money.

Police said when they arrived, an employee informed them that the man was inside the restaurant, and requested the officer issue a trespassing warning and ask that the person leave the premises.

The man who recorded the video was also asked to leave for what management deemed "disorderly conduct," according to the release.

Police said both men complied and left the restaurant without incident.

ABC 15 went to the McDonald's on 22nd Avenue North and Kings Highway, but a manager on duty was unwilling to comment.

ABC 15 reached out to McDonald's for a response. The owner/operator of the Myrtle Beach McDonald's where the incident occurred provided the following statement:

"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."

A representative with McDonald's later confirmed that the individual to whom Pellicci was referring was the homeless man shown sitting at the table in the video.

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