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Homeless teen ‘soaked’ by McDonalds staff whilst sleeping rough in Leicester

A homeless young women claims she as was soaked with water by a McDonalds staff member whilst sleeping rough in the restaurant’s doorway.

Georgia Kenney, 19, was sleeping outside the fast food restaurant in Leicester when a McDonald’s staff member allegedly poured water on her sleepingbag and only belongings.

The teenager, who has been homeless for around a year since a breakup with her former partner, said she regularly sleeps rough outside the fast food restaurant because she feels same near the premises.

She allegedly woke up to find a staff member “pouring a large bucket of water under me, wetting my sleeping bag and all my clothes.”

“I told him he could have woken me up first and get me to move instead of doing it while I was sleeping”, she told Leicester Mercurya local newspaper.

“It was very cold this morning and now I have to stay in wet things all day and hope my sleeping bag and blanket dries out before tonight.

“My shoes were also stolen in the night, my socks were soaking wet and I’ve had to borrow a pair of shoes from a mate.”

Miss Kenney added: “Two passers-by saw what was happening and told him he was out of order.

“He doesn’t like us homeless. He gave no explanation why he hadn’t woken me.

“It’s disgusting what he did to me. I sleep there because I feel safe. The lights are on in the restaurant all night and there is a camera right above me. I sleep quite good.

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“Most people are quite nice really, and polite, you hardly ever get a rude person.”

Georgia says she dislikes hostels “because there’s lots of drug taking, and although I used to take drugs I’ve been clean for seven or eight weeks now.”

Council worker Simon Clayton, 44, was on his way to work at the time of the incident.

“I could see the pavement was wet and as I got closer to McDonalds this guy smirked and chucked the water under the rough sleeper”, he said.

“He did not try and wake her up.”

Mr Clayton continued: “It was assault. I have reported it to the police and I have been back to see her to tell her I suggest she does the same.

“I understand businesses may not want rough sleepers outside their premises, but that is just not on.”

Photo: David Holt/Flickr – Creative Commons License V2.0.

Another witness said the McDonald’s worker “poured water all over the pavement, all around the girl.”

“Someone stole her shoes in the night, her only socks were soaked and two coats and a sleeping bag”, the witness said

“I helped her move her stuff out of the way, gave her a hug and she cried.”

A McDonalds spokesperson said: “We apologise for this incident.

“Although the person in question was asked to move by a crew member initially, we appreciate that more consideration needs to be shown in the future and we are addressing the matter with the employees involved.”

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