Nice guy Yossi Gallo got into an altercation inside a McDonald's in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, after bringing in and feeding a homeless man. Gallo told WMBF news, "I waved him down, and I said, 'Hey, are you hungry?' and he said, 'Yes.'"
But his philanthropy dissolved into a heated dispute with employees when the restaurant refused them service.
So I went in there with him, and as soon as we went inside, the lady at the register says, 'You're not getting food.' She tells him he's not getting food.
Gallo couldn't believe what was happening, so he took out his smartphone and started recording their exchange. He posted the video on Facebook where it went viral.
The video racked up over 21 million views and 1.2 million shares as of Thursday.
In the footage, a manager of the restaurant told an upset Gallo to keep his voice down when a police officer arrived at the scene telling the homeless man to leave the restaurant.
Gallo can be heard yelling, "You guys suck. He didn't even ask me for food. I brought him from outside. You guys suck."
"Calm your voice. That's what I'm asking you to do," said the manager.
Gallo continued yelling, "This is how I talk. I talk loud. If the officer has a problem with that, the officer's going to arrest me."
Gallo and the homeless man were eventually kicked off premises.
Earlier, a McDonald's employee complained of the panhandler out in the parking lot and called authorities, according to an email by Myrtle Beach police officer, Joey Crosby.
@abc13houston McDONALD's suck... How can you say no, to people in need regardless there situation... I'm never goi… https://t.co/jaKR9y1nCD— j-bo (@j-bo)1519922022.0
The restaurant employee who made the call also reported the incident as a trespass. Crosby told WMBF:
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 behaviour.
Joel Pellicci, Jr, the owner of the restaurant's location, issued a statement explaining the man's familiar and unruly history.
At my restaurant, the goal is to provide our customers with a positive and welcoming experience each time they visit. Unfortunately, the individual in this video has a history of disruptive behavior and has been asked to leave by management and police on several occasions.
Police respond to video of homeless man kicked out of #MyrtleBeach @McDonalds https://t.co/4wg74lRc2k https://t.co/GFfHNPOrPd— NBC4 Columbus (@NBC4 Columbus)1519933205.0
Unfortunately for the female officer who said, "I am the law," she became the subject of misogynistic vitriol online, forcing the comments section of the video to be disabled.
Gallo didn't mean for this to get out of hand.
I think that's completely wrong. Completely wrong. I do believe that she was doing her job. I do believe that she was doing her job. She did nothing wrong. I don't have any anger towards her in any way.
The city's mayor, Brenda Bethune, lauded the officer's handling of the incident, arguing that viewers didn't see the whole story unfold in the viral video,
(The officer) handled herself in the most professional manner and treated this gentleman with dignity and respect. I believe in our police department. I know how close they work with our homeless community as well as the four shelters located within our city limits.
Some people saw the injustice of how McDonald's handled the fracas.
@McDonalds @Ludacris @McDAAG @McDonalds @MBPDSC Hey McD! Know how many times I’ve bought McD food & given it to a… https://t.co/6YJvx0jYLH— Katie Campbell (@Katie Campbell)1519936466.0
@abc13houston @McDonalds Y’all are wrong for this! Who cares who paid for the meal at least y’all got the money!! E… https://t.co/2hpNq1AvBO— Andy Jauregui (@Andy Jauregui)1519922317.0
@abc13houston I will no longer eat at #McDonalds's after seeing this video, and the people they have working for th… https://t.co/FAmvEEGfmF— Rosary V. (@Rosary V.)1519940697.0
@abc13houston And people don’t understand what’s wrong in this world!! Just horrible how we treat fellow human beings.— Russell Maples (@Russell Maples)1519927704.0
People were riled by Gallo being kicked out. But just to be clear, the restaurant wasn't frowning upon the charity.
@abc13houston That’s not why the guy got kicked out?? He was being loud.. come on guys gotta report the right stuff… https://t.co/AldDhGNUxV— Jose Villagran (@Jose Villagran)1519923679.0
@abc13houston @DrRubidium Well if the guy didnt start yelling and calm down after he was asked to, it may have been a different story— Lord Glittoris (@Lord Glittoris)1519961840.0
The problem could be part of a bigger picture.