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Teenager Says Starbucks Employee Told Her Not To Help Homeless Man

Teenager Says Starbucks Employee Told Her Not To Help Homeless Man

Some people try to go above and beyond to help out those who are living rough on the street. If they've got some spare change they'll chuck it in their cup or even nip to the nearest shop and grab them a sandwich.

That's what Amy McIlory, 14, tried to do when she went into a Starbucks in Glasgow.

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Credit: Deadline News

Seeing homeless man Liam Anderson, 20, on the street, she went into the coffee shop and ordered a meal for him. According to Ms McIlory, a staff member told her she'd be 'better off saving my money and letting nature take its course'.

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She recalled the incident on Twitter and the post quickly went viral, with thousands of people liking, sharing and commenting on it.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Amy said: "I was really taken aback when the barista said that because I've never experienced that type of hatred or ignorance towards a stranger who hasn't done anything to merit such vile behaviour."

When the 14-year-old wrote on Twitter, she said she was 'fucking disgusted' by the ordeal and it seemed like a lot of other people were as well.

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Michael wrote: "What kind of heartless bastard could say this about any human? Hear so many horror stories about Starbucks, you wonder what their teaching/training process is."

Sophie added: "That's disgusting. Why is it that so many human beings are incapable of showing even an ounce of empathy?"

The homeless man at the centre of the debacle, Liam, has told the Mail Online: "When the girl bought me a Starbucks, it was quite overwhelming, to be honest. I thought, 'Wow, people do care!'

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"'I became homeless because my mum neglected me since I was about 14. Me and my sister went through care... I tried to leave care and now I'm waiting until social work gets me a house."

Starbucks has responded to the tweet, saying to the teenager: "Hi Amy, we're concerned to hear about this. Can you send us a DM with the store and the time you visited so we can fully investigate?"

While Starbucks has an initiative, called 'suspended coffee' to help people like the homeless, there have been other instances of staff behaving negatively against them.

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Last year a barista in a Macclesfield café reportedly said a homeless man 'fucking stinks' in front of customers and tried to get him removed.

Two months later in Glasgow, customers reported to the Sun that staff threw a homeless man out of the store while he was trying to buy food.

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Topics: Viral, uk news, Coffee, Community, Starbucks, UK, Glasgow, Homeless, Britain

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.