A homeless man's interaction with the police in South Carolina is going viral for all the right reasons.
On 26 May, police were called to a Hardee's restaurant in because a homeless man had entered and was 'asking for scraps'. The restaurant had been feeding him for days, and so a disgruntled customer called the police.
Instead of forcibly removing the man, or arresting him, officer CJ Mullinax of Horry County Police Department pulled his wallet and bought the man two cheeseburgers.
The moment was caught on video by Facebook user Victoria Summer, and has now had more than 92,000 views. In the post, Summer writes,
“Police were called to our restaurant today because
a homeless man was asking people for their scraps to eat.
This police officer bought the homeless man food and
handled the situation amazingly.”
Many Facebook users have left comments on the video praising Mullinax for showing compassion. One commented, “Good job officer. Your act of buying food for him will spare a lot for you. Always be the good person, to save someone to hunger.”
Another claimed to have met the homeless man, and said that he's a veteran who had fallen on hard times:
That Homeless man is Donald. He served in the US Army from 1978-1981 then got out, worked in construction and then hit a wall which brought him to a point in his life that walked him down the road to homelessness.
At last check, the video has over 100,000 views.