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Panhandler Has a Message for a McDonald's Worker Caught on Video Playing a Disturbing Prank on Him


"He's a human being. He's not a throwaway."

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The now-viral cellphone clip is difficult to watch.

“Hey, Willie, come here! You want a sandwich?” a McDonald's worker was seen asking the panhandler standing to the side of the drive-thru lane. “Come on, let me give you a sandwich, man."

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But the worker — holding out a sandwich box — gave him something else instead.

Once the man approached the window, the employee pulled the food back and tossed a cup full of water in his face.

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“Oh, why you do that?” the man responded before walking away in the rain.

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If that weren't enough, occupants of the vehicle where the video was seemingly recorded were heard laughing just after the incident.

Here's the clip. (Content warning: Strong language and racial slurs):

THIS BOLD ASF Worrrlllldddstar this what happens to panhandlers at McDonald's and yaw want $15 a hour I feel bad for laughing but that shit was funny asf #DOYOUAGREE This Shit Bold Asf Support Fullblownentmusic.com #fbe #scm #skeez #fresh #WorldStar #sofbe #soofficial #bigmad #lilmad

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Ebhate Skeez on Thursday, November 5, 2015

As you might expect, the owner of the Detroit franchise fired the employee.

"I am very disturbed by the inappropriate behavior of this employee," Wise Finley said in a statement to WXYZ-TV. "This type of behavior is not tolerated in my organization. I expect my employees to treat everyone with dignity and respect, and this was unacceptable. This individual no longer works for my organization."

And now the man targeted in the the prank, Willie Payne Jr., is left to deal with what happened to him last week.

"I just walked away. Just made me a little upset and everything," the 63-year-old told WXYZ on Tuesday. "You know, I barely have a little change to buy the things that I need. And [I was] thinking he was going to give me something, but he didn't."

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The video was uploaded to Facebook by local rapper Ebhate Skeez on Nov. 6: "THIS BOLD ASF Worrrlllldddstar this what happens to panhandlers at McDonald's and yaw want $15 a hour I feel bad for laughing but that s**t was funny asf ..." the caption read.

WXYZ said Skeez recorded the clip: "I thought it was real bug ... we didn't even know he was going to do that," he told the station regarding the water-throwing prank.

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As for the laughter, Skeez added that Payne and the McDonald's worker had been arguing earlier and that "it was hilarious."

Most have found nothing funny about anything in the video.

"How would you feel if someone did that to you or anyone else?" Payne responded when WXYZ asked what he would say to the employee who threw water at him.

"He's a human being," Payne's friend Frank told WXYZ. "He's not a throwaway."

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The station added that criminal charges could be pending against the former McDonald's employee.

This story has been updated.

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