Coffee Shop Staff Attempted To Make Homeless Man Leave As He Was Eating A Paid Meal

Good Samaritan Sajid Kahlon spotted a hungry-looking gentlemen roaming the streets and decided to offer the disheveled man a meal. However, Starbucks staff proved to be much less compassionate.

Kahlon took the man to Starbucks to buy him a meal, and the shop’s staff were captured on camera trying to oust the guy from their establishment, despite the fact he was not loitering.

Shortly after the homeless man was served his food, two employees confronted him and told him to leave. Angered customers were fast to confront them and tell them that he had a right to enjoy his food in peace.

Staff touted “a policy of the company” during their attempts to get rid of the homeless fellow, despite the fact he was eating a paid-for meal.

Sajid Kahlon confronted the Starbucks workers in the video and stated, “I paid for that, if the food is being bought, and he is eating that food. I spent like £8, and he is eating the food. Why can’t he have a seat, is he not human?”

As the exchange continued, and staff maintained their desire to force the man out, other customers were becoming upset by the treatment of this down-and-out man.

Kahlon pleaded, “Now he is obviously eating the food, you can’t just ask him to leave. Let him eat the food, and he can leave, what’s the problem? He’s eating his lunch, then let him eat the food.”

After the staff backed off and nervously waited for the guy to finish his food, Sajid was still incensed.

He later spoke out to The Independent, saying, “It was painful to see that someone had to search for food like that. I asked him if he was hungry and if he would like me to buy him some food? He replied ‘yes’ in a very weak voice." Kahlon bought the man a sandwich and some cake at Starbucks where he went and sat down outside.

“But as he was sitting there eating his paid-for lunch, one of the staff members went over to him with a security officer and told him to leave," Kahlon said. “I understand the point of view of Starbucks, but I still feel this type of situation needed to be dealt with more respect and empathy. We are all human and we all get hungry.”

Starbucks has since responded to the video. A spokesperson said, as obtained by the Independent, "We want every customer to have a positive experience, and we apologise that we did not meet that expectation in this instance."

"The interaction on video is not indicative of the environment we strive to create," they added. "We are looking into the circumstances surrounding this customer’s experience and will take appropriate action to ensure that our stores remain welcoming places for everyone."

If you feel this was an injustice, foster discussion and encourage others to read about how genuine compassion is not always met with understanding.

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