By Jackson Ajello SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Yesterday evening, in an effort to remove a homeless man who was sleeping at Dunkin’ Donuts, one worker poured a pitcher of water on him to wake him up. The video was posted on a Dunkin’ employee’s Facebook account on Sunday evening. Since then the video has been taken down, and the staff involved in the video has all been suspended.
Since the post went online last night the reaction in opposition has been strong. Protestors gathered in front of Dunkin’ Donuts on North Salina Street to advocate for the rights of the homeless people. Supporters of homeless people like Nasirah Muhammad, hope that this incident can spark a conversation. Muhammad also hopes that this leads to more people becoming educated about how to treat homeless people with dignity.
Megan Stuart, the Director of the Housing and Homeless Coalition of Central New York, offered an example of how the situation could have ben handled better.
“If anyone at any time sees someone in need on the street who they think is homeless, they can contact 211, by just dialing 211 on their telephone. And that is staffed 24 hours a day to reach services,” said Stuart.
In addition to giving people the general respect of any other person calling 211 for situations where people appear to need help can get them the care they need. Trained professionals will come talk with homeless that have people call in about them, and look to get them in the best situation possible.
People who call of 211 are asked to give a description of the person, and location before letting the trained professionals take it from there. But, Stuart reminds people that if any situation is in fact an emergency it is important to then use 911.