Several employees at a Dunkin' Donuts in Syracuse, New York have since been fired after they dumped water on a homeless man, who suffers from schizophrenia and epilepsy, in the dining area of the restaurant (video below).
Many local residents are outraged by the incident and have stood outside the franchise holding signs. Some signs read, "We Rise Above The Streets," "Homeless Lives Matter," and "OG's Against Violence."
The heartbreaking video was posted on social media on Sunday. The homeless man, who goes by Jeremy Dufresne and Jeremy Youngs, was sitting in a booth with his head resting on his arms on the table, according to "WMUR."
One employee was recording the incident on his cell phone, while the other employee grabbed a pitcher of water and dumped it on Dufresne.
Dufresne immediately jumped up, began retrieving his things, and wiped his cell phone off, while the employees started laughing and harassing him.
“How many times have I tell you to stop sleeping in here, my n*****?” one worker asked.
"It was an accident," Dufresne said.
“No, it was no accident, bro,” the employee responded. “You know I’m not playing with you. I ain’t gonna call the cops on you… You’re gonna get out of here.”
The Wolak Group, which owns this Dunkin' Donuts store, were "extremely disturbed by the behavior of our employees captured in the video."
"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," the Wolak Group’s statement read.
Dufresne's aunt is "appalled" by the incident and went on the explain that he has schizophrenia and epilepsy. She describes him as a "very warm, caring, laid back person," and "doesn't speak unless he's spoken to."
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