Hi everyone, and welcome back to the latest installment of "reasons why humanity is doomed."
Appalling footage has come in from a Starbucks branch in Essex, England, that shows a member of staff and their repeated attempts to throw out a homeless man... Despite him being a paying customer.
After being posted on Facebook, the video quickly went viral, sparking outrage and disgust from people all over the world.
Keep scrolling to hear the full story and to watch the incriminating video, which sheds a light on the current state of our society.
Homelessness is a real issue.
via: GettyLast year, a total of 552,830 people here in the United States experienced homelessness on at least one occasion.
These statistics are completely barbaric.
via: GettyBecause the fact that such a wealthy and sophisticated society doesn’t have steps in place to help its citizens stay off the streets is nothing short of shameful.
We should be helping to end the homelessness crisis...
via: GettyNot fuel it. While most of us will donate money to charities that aim to tackle the problem, or buy a homeless person a meal or a hot drink, there are some people who go out of their way to alienate the homeless even further.
Many homeless people turn to begging.
via: GettyBecause depending on the kindness of strangers really is their only option.
And, on occasion...
via: GettyA homeless person may even be invited to sit down and enjoy their food like any other normal person.
If it is paid for, a person, homeless or not, should be able to sit down and enjoy their food, right?
via: GettyWell, according to Starbucks, they certainly cannot do that.
A Starbucks store in England has come under fire this week...
via: GettyFor trying to kick a homeless man out of their store after he had been bought food and drink.
Nope, the man wasn't caught stealing...
via: GettyA kind stranger had simply bought him something to eat and, like any regular customer would, he took a seat at one of the tables in their outdoor seating area.
But Starbucks clearly has a secret rule...
via: GettyThat you're only allowed to sit on their premises if you own, rent, or live in a house, apartment block, or any sort of building with a roof.
The incident happened in Essex, England.In the video, the homeless man can be seen sat quietly at the table while he eats what appears to be a sandwich.
The barista can be heard trying to move him.Though his face remains out of the view of the camera, the employee can be heard repeatedly insisting that the homeless man has to move and find somewhere else to eat.
The good samaritan who bought the man his food filmed the full incident...And persistently argued with the member of staff, saying, "But he bought the food, he paid for that - I paid for that... If food is being paid and he's eating it - what is the problem?"
The good samaritan assumed that the homeless man would be allowed to enjoy his lunch like any other normal person.How wrong he was. "I bought him a sandwich and a chocolate cake worth £8.45 (roughly $10) so that he could eat respectfully. But as he was sitting there eating his paid-for lunch, one of the staff members went over to him and told him to leave."
Despite Sajid's efforts, the barista doesn't budge...And he continues to defend his actions, saying that if he let the man sit there, "he will keep coming back."
A security guard wanders over halfway through the footage...And even she suggests that the barista simply leave the man to eat his lunch in peace.
Other customers gradually intervene...And they all share the same opinion: Let the poor man eat his lunch in peace!
People were, quite understandably, outraged.Many people were quick to call out Starbucks for the disgusting behavior of their staff.
And many praised the kind samaritan for sticking up for the homeless man."Heartbreaking to see, I am so glad that man behind the camera spoke up for him. Nice advert Starbucks!" One social media user wrote.
You can watch the full video here.
Starbucks have now addressed the incident.
via: GettyAnd they have condemned the baristas actions. A Starbucks spokesman said, "The interaction on video is not indicative of the environment we strive to create." "We are looking into the circumstances surrounding this customer’s experience and will take appropriate action to ensure that our stores remain welcoming places for everyone. We want every customer to have a positive experience, and we apologize that we did not meet that expectation in this instance."