A former charity worker has branded a security guard “disgusting” after he claims he caught him throwing away a homeless couple’s sleeping bags outside M&S.
Wez James was “sickened” when he saw who he claims to be an employee for the Manchester Piccadilly store picking up their belongings with a litter picker and throwing them in the bin.
The 26-year-old says the rough sleepers had gone to the toilet in a nearby Burger King when the man saw an opportunity to get rid of the sleeping bags.
Marks and Spencer claims the man in the picture does not work for their store.
Wez was walking through the city centre on Tuesday at around 11.30am with a friend when he noticed the incident.
He told the Mirror Online: “Me and my friend approached the security guard and asked what he was doing.
“He turned round to me and said Greater Manchester Police said they told them if the sleeping bags are left unattended they could bin them.
“I said ‘that’s not true’.”
Wez claims that when he asked him to stop, the security guard replied: “If you obstruct me, I will call the police.”
He then claims he went into M&S after he believed the man worked for the company and spoke to a store manager.
The manager allegedly told him there was no security guard working that day for the store and therefore it was ‘out of his hands’.
He said: “I then went to the homeless man and woman the sleeping bags belong to in order to tell them what had happened so they could retrieve them from the bin.
“They could have frozen to death. I find it disgusting that anyone could do that as my friend Liam has been on the streets and this brought back bad memories.
“We need to help our homeless. Not make their life any harder.”
An M&S spokesperson said: “The person in the picture is not a security guard for Marks and Spencer.”
Mirror Online contacted Manchester Council to try and find out who the security worker is employed by.
They said the guard was “not a council operative”.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “No report of a crime has been made.”
A new study by homelessness charity Crisis revealed the shocking violence and abuse suffered by Britain’s homeless population.
The charity said two thirds of people felt that living on the streets was getting even harder.
source: Daily Mirror
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