Popeyes Employee Calls 911 On Woman For Trying To Buy Food For Homeless Man

WATCH: Atlanta Popeyes Calls Police On Student Trying To Buy Homeless Man Food -Breaking 911

A Georgia woman went viral after sharing videos of a Popeyes restaurant employee refusing to let a homeless man buy food.

Jo Ortega, a student at Georgia State University, said she saw a man who seemed hungry and decided to order him some chicken, but was told she couldn’t by Popeyes employees. She posted a video of the interaction on TikTok and it quickly went viral.

The woman was told she couldn’t purchase food for the homeless man at this Popeyes store in Atlanta, and the police were called. No arrests were made.

Ortega said she was “terrified” when she saw the police lights behind her car, but the officer said he appreciated her for buying the man food. Ortega was able to get in contact with the store’s general manager, who let her order the food free of charge.

A spokesperson for Popeyes told Newsweek they were aware of the incident and had provided employees with re-training.

Popeyes said in a statement that it is committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect and that employees have been provided with retraining.

This isn’t the only concerning incident to occur at a Popeyes location. In June, footage of a Popeyes employee being struck by another employee went viral, and in March, a Popeyes employee went viral for charming guests with her singing.

To learn more about this story, please consider the news outlets listed below.

  1. WATCH: Atlanta Popeyes Calls Police On Student Trying To Buy Homeless Man Food  Breaking 911

  2. Atlanta Popeyes calls police on college student Jo Ortega for trying to buy homeless man food  New York Post

  3. Police called on Georgia college student trying to buy homeless man food: ‘I thought I was gonna get arrested’  Fox News

  4. Woman Says Popeyes Employees Refused to Let Her Buy Homeless Man Food  Newsweek

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