A video showed Horry County Police officer CJ Mullinax’s heartwarming gesture after he was called to remove a homeless man.
WMBF News reported that an employee, Victoria Paige Summer, shot the video at the Hardee’s Restaurant near Surfside Beach, Horry County, South Carolina.
A homeless man had an unexpected interaction with a police officer on May 26, 2018. Officer Mullinax responded to a call about a man “asking for scraps.”
He did not remove the man from the fast food restaurant, instead pulled out his wallet and brought him a meal.
Summer, who posted the video on Facebook, said the police were called to the Hardee’s where she works on Saturday. The 20-second clip shows the officer standing next to the man at the register.
‘Police were called to our restaurant today because a homeless man was asking people for their scraps to eat. This police officer bought the homeless man food and handled the situation amazingly!’
Victoria Paige Summer, Facebook, May 27, 2018.
She said that the homeless man had been sticking around the restaurant on Highway 17 Bypass for a few days. Employees had been buying him food and had allowed him to spend time there.
Summer said that a customer was perhaps upset that the man was there and called 911. The officer who showed up asked the man if he was hungry and pointed to the menu with a grin.
Mullinax’s bought two cheeseburgers for the man. The employee said that she was thrilled after seeing the officer had so much compassion. He immediately decided to record the interaction.
The Horry County officer’s response has been viewed by more than 160,000 times with many applauding the officer for not kicking the homeless man out.
However, this is not the first time Mullinax’s actions have gone viral. As a Bennettsville Police Officer, he was caught on camera playing football with a group of children in 2015.
Families in the area had also narrated some of his kind acts when he would patrol the neighborhood. A woman once thought she was being pulled over for a ticket, but the officer brought a stuffed animal for her child.