Teenagers Criticised For Allegedly Taunting Homeless Man In Nando's

Three teenage girls have been accused of misleading a homeless man with the promise of a Nando's meal, only to publicly film and taunt him, according to an apparent witness.

It is claimed the girls told the man they would buy him a chicken meal from the chain's outlet in Woolwich, south east London.

Sally Cudmore took photos of what she says are the group of girls outside the restaurant as they allegedly laughed and joked at the homeless man's expense. Others said the girls, all thought to be 16 or 17, followed the man around Woolwich, "terrorising" him.

Credit: Triangle News
Credit: Triangle News

Sally posted on Facebook: "I can't believe what myself and other people just witnessed in Woolwich this evening.

"Three loud girls came storming in with there cameras filming and taking pics of a homeless man strolling along behind and they were saying 'We are going to pay for your dinner and buy you Nando's.'

"They told the man to sit down and the three girls went to the counter and was talking to the staff.

"They then ordered his food and they was going outside for a cigarette. He asked what did you order?

"And they kept laughing, everyone in Nando's were looking at them because of how loud they were being and this bright flash they had from there phones recording what was happening." [sic]

Sally said the man eventually became suspicious and approached the counter to ask if there was a meal ready for him. When told no, he apologised, she says, while the girls stood outside recording him and laughing.

Sally wrote: "They had no intention of ordering him any food. Instead they followed him, laughing and terrorising him. Absolutely disgusting I hope you are all proud and it made you feel good about yourselves!! The poor man was so upset." [sic]

She says she then bought the man a meal. After heavy online criticism, one of the girls took to social media to defend herself.

Credit: Triangle News
Credit: Triangle News

The girl went on to claim the man had harassed herself and her friends. However, witnesses including Cudmore were quick to contradict the girl's defence, saying it did not reflect the truth.

Credit: Triangle News
Credit: Triangle News

Another commentor, claiming to be a sister of one of the girls, waded into the online debate, posting: "Just because it's my sister ain't my business my mum will deal with her so keep your shit comments to yourself.

"My parents parenting has nothing to do with my sister's behaviour at the end of the day she's a 17 year old who makes her own decisions." [sic]

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Featured Image Credit: Triangle News

Ronan O'Shea

Ronan J O'Shea is a freelance journalist from London who has written for titles including LADbible, Headspace, The Independent, National Geographic Traveller and New York Post. Contact him at [email protected]

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