A Dunkin’ Donuts employee has been fired for pouring water on a homeless man who was charging his phone in the restaurant.
A video published on Facebook showed the man and his colleagues laughing as they dump a jug of cold water over the man, who is laying over a table in a black hoodie.
Shocked by the sudden flood he leaps up with his phone and charger and attempts to leave as he is verbally abused by the staff.
“How many times have I told you to stop sleeping in here,” the staff member, who is wearing a Dunkin’ Donuts uniform, says .
The homeless man, who has since been identified as Jeremy Dufresne, told local media he sleeps outside on most nights and sometimes stops at the Dunkin’ Donuts shop to warm up and charge his phone to call his mother.
“He probably had some personal problems of his own and needed someone to talk to,” he said of the staff member.
“And he took it out on someone else, like me.”
A statement by the company that owns the location said it was “disturbed” by the employee’s behaviour.
Since video of the incident was posted by Facebook user Samuel Breazeale it has been shared more than 53,000 times, and a Go Fund Me page for the man attracted $13,760 in one day.
Homeless charities in the local area have also gathered to protest at the shop.
The original target for the fundraising page was $150 “to help him get on his feet so there will be no more nights at Dunkin’ Donuts”.
Mr Dufresne, who has schizophrenia and a learning disability, told local media he was not interested in living inside and likes to be alone.
Prosecutors say they are considering filing harassment charges against the workers.