Drunk partygoer pretends to offer takeaway food to homeless man and then slams it into his face
29-year-old Adam Thorpe has now come forward with his side of the story and has told the media he offered the man £10 in return for throwing his food on the man's face.
A man was caught on camera smashing his takeaway kebab and fries into the face of a homeless man and has now said that he "felt so bad" the next day. 29-year-old Adam Thorpe from Chaddesden said: "I'm no angel by any means, but I'm not someone who buys food just to throw at homeless people." Thorpe has now come forward with his side of the story and has told the media that he was out with his friends on December 9 night in the Derby city center. The group decided to stop at Sarry's takeaway in Cheapside at around 2 am when Thorpe said he saw a man he did not believe was actually homeless asking passers-by for change.
He claimed that he offered the man £10 in return for throwing his food on the man's face. Thorpe told Derbyshire Live: "I felt so bad for what I did afterward and I spent ages the next day and the day after trying to find him to say I was sorry. I looked all around the center of Derby trying to find him, but I couldn't. If I thought that he was homeless, I never would have done it. I wish I could take it back."
Thorpe continued: "I've had so many people try to point me out, but I don't care about them. All I care about is finding the guy I did it to. It's between me and him. What everyone is saying online, making stuff up about me, is wrong. If I find him or if he comes forward, I will go into my savings and buy him whatever he wants. What I did was bang out of order. I know that, but I don't deserve the abuse I'm getting online. I'm no angel by any means, but I'm not someone who buys food just to throw at homeless people."
With the internet being what it is, Thorpe has received threats from users online after the video was uploaded. The footage has been shared and viewed thousands of times and this has caused major trouble for Thorpe.
Thorpe can be seen in the footage offering the homeless man his kebabs and fries and was then seen looking towards the camera where his friend is filming. The next thing you know he slams the box into the homeless man's face. The victim was wearing a hat and green coat and could be seen stumbling forward after the attack as wild laughter is heard from Thorpe and his friends.
The video has been shared on social media more than 1,000 times and Thorpe has been slammed by users on Facebook. Callum Asycough-Burton, the one who filmed the video on Snapchat, said that he "deeply regretted" the whole incident.
He wrote on his social media page: "I will be honest, I had no idea what he was going to do...and I was very drunk which I have apologized for and do deeply regret. I have nothing to do with the guy in the video and plan not to. I am not a bad person and have made a silly drunken mistake."
Callum also told Derbyshire Live: "I was out in the town and I'll be honest, I had a few drinks when someone came up to me and asked me to start recording. I didn't know what he was going to do. What happened happened and I'll admit I did laugh, but now I wish I didn't. I want to send my apologies to the homeless man who it happened to."
Currently, a homeless charity in Derby has offered to help out the man and find him a place to stay. Phil Ingall, the Strategic Director of Pace Housing, a group that provides housing for people in need in the city, said he will try and get the victim some help. He said: "I was sickened to see this vile act from one human to another, it makes me want to work harder to eliminate homelessness from the streets of Derby. I will be going out later today to try and reach out to this man."