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Homeless advocates upset over video of man berating homeless

Workingclass Person via YouTube

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KION) A man claiming to be a security guard in downtown Santa Cruz has taken to YouTube to document interactions with the homeless.

One video shows the guard kicking two people out of the Galleria business district.

"This goes on youtube for public shaming, so you can learn your lessons. You can get a better life like everybody else. Get jobs. Pay taxes," said the guard.

"What a cruel guy. Why would he do that? The only explanation for that is cruelty," said Santa Cruz resident, Sam Humphrey, after watching the video.

"Whether they're in that situation or not, public shaming is disrespectful," said Santa Cruz resident, Kipp Woods.

The guard uploaded 15 videos to his YouTube page, "WorkingClass Person."

Some took the guard's side on Facebook, and congratulated them for doing a good job.

"I understand a security guard, or anyone, trying to remove someone from sleeping on their property. We all get that. The other later side to that is intentionally irritating them, so they'll respond negatively, so he'll get a more juicy response for the video itself," said Santa Cruz resident and homeless advocate, Brent Adams.

KION reached out to MCM Diversified, the property managers for the Galleria in Santa Cruz, and Vice President Jeff Francis issued a statement saying, "MCM Diversified hires a third-party company to handle security. MCM Diversified has requested termination of that guard from all MCM Diversified Properties. Anyone that represents our company needs to show compassion and respect."

Watch the full video posted on YouTube by Workingclass Person below. We have reached out to Workingclass Person for comment.

Warning-- This video contains foul language.

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Megan Meier

Megan Meier is a multi-media journalist at KION News Channel 5/46.


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