Dunkin’ Donuts has fired the employees concerned in a viral video that reveals one employee dumping a pitcher of water on a homeless man whereas one other individual laughs.
The video posted Sunday evening reveals the man, recognized as Jeremy Dufresne by The Post-Standard , sitting at a desk along with his head down. One worker says one thing about Dufresne sleeping, then dumps the water on him.
“How many times I’ve got to tell you to stop sleeping in here,” he mentioned, whereas one other individual laughs. “You’re here all day.”
As Dufresne gathers his moist cellphone and charger, he mumbles that it was an accident. The worker tells Dufresne that he’s not going to name the cops on him, however needs him to go away.
The Post-Standard stories that Dufresne suffers from schizophrenia and was contained in the Dunkin’ Donuts to cost his cellphone to name his mom to say goodnight.
The video, which has racked up greater than 1 million views on Facebook, attracted the eye of homeless advocate Al-amin Muhammad. He visited the shop Monday, asking employees concerning the incident and threatening a boycott if the state of affairs was not addressed.
Muhammad mentioned he felt the workers disregarded his issues; he organized a demonstration in front of the Dunkin’ Donuts later that day.
“My message was to them that nobody deserves to be treated like this because I was treated like this when I was homeless,” he mentioned.
Muhammad mentioned he suffered from persistent homelessness for about 10 years and when he acquired his life again on observe, he devoted himself to serving to others like him. He hosts applications for the homeless in Syracuse via which he mentioned he has recognized Dufresne for a couple of 12 months. He mentioned watching the video of Dufresne reminded him of an encounter he had whereas he was homeless.
“Somebody threw a beer at me and hit me across my face,” he mentioned. “The look I’ve seen in Jeremy’s face was the same look I had when I got embarrassed. That’s why I went out there to advocate for Jeremy.”
Muhammad mentioned Dufresne was traumatized by the expertise, however is happy concerning the help he’s gotten. The GoFundMe started for Dufresne has raised greater than $three,500.
The employees concerned within the incident have been terminated and the corporate plans to apologize to Dufresne, based on a press release from Kimberly Wolak, Dunkin’ franchisee and chief working officer of The Wolak Group. The assertion didn’t say what number of employees have been fired.
“We were extremely disturbed by the behavior of our employees captured in the video,” Wolak mentioned within the assertion. “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 added that the corporate plans to work with native advocates to raised educate employees on interacting with the homeless.
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