A video of police officers responding to a call over a homeless man in a restaurant went viral this week, but not for the reasons you'd think.
On Saturday, a customer at a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Hardee's called the cops because a homeless man came into the restaurant "asking for scraps." The incident was posted to Facebook by user Victoria Summer, who works at the restaurant.
"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! 💖"
Fox News pointed out that employees at the Hardees on Highway 17 "had been feeding the man for days." But when officers arrived on the scene, they did something totally unexpected. Horry County Police Officer CJ Mullinax surprised the homeless man by whipping out his wallet and buying him two cheeseburgers.
Summer's Facebook post was inundated flooded with comments from people who were thrilled to see Mullinax's generosity, including one individual who claims to know the homeless man. According to the comment, "Donald" is a veteran whose "family doesn't talk to him."
"That Homeless man is Donald. I met him over at the Walmart in market Common the other day and since he's a veteran and very humble.
He served in the 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.... his family doesn't talk to him and he's the nicest guy."
"Good job officer," another user wrote. "Your act of buying food for him will spare a lot for you. Always be the good person, to save someone to hunger."
One user asked why no one in the restaurant bought food for Donald.
The Horry County Police Department also commented, thanking the public for their positive feedback and support.
"Thank you all for the positive and supportive comments regarding Officer C.J. Mullinax and his assistance to one of our citizens in need."
So did an acquaintance of Mullinax, who said he was "a cool guy" and "a good cop."