Here at Viral Tales, 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.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
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.
He Said, She Said
The staff of the Myrtle Beach McDonald’s complain that the homeless man in the video has “a history of disruptive behavior.”
“At my restaurant, the goal is to provide our customers with a positive and welcoming experience each time they visit,” restaurant owner Joel Pellicci Jr. said about the incident.
And while Gallo told the police officer in the video, “You know what you’re doing is wrong, deep inside you know that,” the city’s mayor is standing up for the cops.
“What you will not see on that video is the whole story,” explained Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune.
Even Gallo admits he’s not angry at the police officer in the video, who he says was just doing her job.
But people aren’t afraid to give the restaurant and the Myrtle Beach Police Department a piece of their minds online.
“I hope this does not put him off helping people in the future,” one commentor wrote. “What a sad world we live in today.”
“That’s disgusting,” said another. “He’s right though, she does know that’s not right!!”
What do you make of this video?