A man in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina noticed a homeless man outside of a McDonald’s restaurant. He asked the man if he was hungry in which the homeless man replied that he was. They went inside the restaurant and he bought food for the homeless man. Both men sat down inside to eat their food when the police arrived.
The restaurant said they were receiving complaints about the homeless man asking for money outside of the location so they called the police. The manager of the restaurant asked the men to leave and the officer enforced the request.
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Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune praised the officer, however, saying in a video posted to the city’s Facebook page that, “what you will not see on that video is the whole story.”
Myrtle Beach police released the following statement about the incident:
The police department is aware of a video involving a Myrtle Beach Police Officer that is circulating on Facebook. The video was recorded this morning at a McDonald’s restaurant that is located in the City of Myrtle Beach.
Officers were dispatched to the location after receiving a call, from an employee of the business, that a male was in the parking lot asking people for money. Upon arriving at the restaurant, an employee approached the officer and indicated the male was inside the establishment. The employee requested the officer issue a trespassing warning and asked that the person leave the premises. The officer advised the male of the request made by the business and issued the warning. A bystander, who was videotaping the incident was also trespassed from the location, at the request of the manager, for what management deemed as disorderly behavior.
Both individuals complied with the request of the business and left the premises.