Victim of Dunkin' Donuts viral video: 'It was uncalled for'

Jeremy said it is his choice to be homeless and he's been offered help before from his family. (CNY Central)

To hundreds of thousands of people who have seen the video, he's "a homeless guy."

This man has a name. It's Jeremy. And he is upset.

“Disappointed and my opinion on it is this is really ridiculous that something like this out of the blue happens,” Jeremy said.

Jeremy was the victim of a viral video that surfaced Monday morning, in which it shows a Dunkin' Donuts employee at the N. Salina Street location throwing water on him. Those involved in the scene were terminated later Monday.

Jeremy said it is his choice to be homeless and he's been offered help before from his family.

He said he is at the Dunkin' Donuts on N. Salina Street every day, but he has never experienced anything like this before.

“It was really uncalled for and hopefully it doesn’t happen to nobody else,” Jeremy said.

During the interview with CNYCentral, his Aunt Betty Jo Craven sat next to Jeremy.

Craven said Jeremy lives with schizophrenia. She saw the viral video and said it brought tears to her eyes.

“I was totally appalled by the situation because Jeremy is a very quiet individual, never bothers anybody," Craven said.

RELATED | Syracuse Dunkin' customers outraged at video showing worker tossing water on homeless man

John Tumino is a well-known Syracuse homeless advocate and wants to help Jeremy.

As the founder of "In My Father's Kitchen" he provides resources for people on the streets.

Tumino met Jeremy as we brought him to the location where “In My Father’s Kitchen" is.

Tumino does not understand how somebody could do this to a person, and he said as a society, we need to raise awareness about poverty.

"We need you. We need you engaged and we need you involved we need you to have an open heart to help because its somebody’s brother, somebody’s sister, somebody’s mother, somebody's father out there," Tumino said. "If it was your kid, wouldn’t you want somebody reaching out?”

Twenty-four hours after he was humiliated, Jeremy has someone with a track record of helping people like him, on his side.

Tumino will continue to form a relationship with Jeremy so he can help him in the future.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off