MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) - WPDE News spoke exclusively with James Owens, the homeless man featured in a viral video where he is asked to leave a McDonald's by Myrtle Beach Police.
"I started crying, I was very upset," Owens said.
Owens said he was walking to a different restaurant that sometimes gives him free food when Yossi Gallo, the man who shot the video, asked if he wanted food from McDonalds.
WARNING: The video below contains some profanities and strong language.
Owens said as soon as he went into McDonald's and employee asked him to leave.
"It was wrong. They discriminate against me because I was homeless. But see, I didn't ask nobody for nothing," said Owens.
Myrtle Beach Police said that Owens has a history of trespassing at the 2200 North Kings Highway McDonald's.
From our search on Horry County Courts, Owens has a lengthy history with the law. He has been found guilty of assault and battery, public intoxication, resisting arrest and solicitation.
Owens said he did not know Gallo was recording him as police asked him to leave.
WPDE asked Owens what his response was to the viral video.
"I don't know, I don't know, but I hope it helps the whole world not be homeless," said Owens.
After police asked them to leave, Owens said Gallo took him to apply for jobs.