What Was The Man Who Had Water Poured On Him At Dunkin Donuts Actually Doing?
Watching this video actually made my heart hurt.
In the video, you hear the Dunkin Donuts worker claiming homeless man was "sleeping." Well, new information has been released to say otherwise.
Jeremy Youngs is seen in the Facebook video, posted by Samuel Breazeale, with his head down on a table at the Salina Street Dunkin,.
He sometimes stops into the Dunkin' to get warm and charge his phone. CHARGE HIS PHONE! This is the best part. He was charging his phone to call and wish his mother good night, like he does every night. He put his head down for a minute, he said.
Then, the worker dumped water on his head, as seen in the video above. Dufresne said he was surprised when the worker dumped water on him,
I grabbed my stuff and left.
Homeless advocates have called to boycott the Dunkin' store and people are calling for the worker's firing on social media.
Al-amin Muhammad, who runs the homeless outreach "We Rise Above the Streets," went to Dunkin' this morning to confront the manager. He also led a protest of about 20 people around lunchtime.
I reached out to the Dunkin corporate office, as well as the franchise owners. I didn't hear back from Dunkin but did receive the following:
"Dunkin' has been a part of the Syracuse community for many years, and as the franchisees who own and operate the North Salina Street location, we were extremely disturbed by the behavior of our employees captured in the video," wrote Kimberly Wolak, Chief Operating Officer of The Wolak Group, which owns the store on North Salina Street.
"It not only violated our written policies, but goes against our core values as an organization--which include creating a welcoming and hospitable environment and treating everyone with dignity and respect," Wolak wrote.
The employee who dumped the water on the man has been suspended- but has not been identified.
There is a GoFundMe page set up to help Jeremy. You can donate to that here. It's already raised over $1500.