A man filmed throwing food at a homeless man says he doesn’t deserve abuse he has received online for his actions.
Insisting that he’s not someone who buys food ‘just to throw at homeless people’, Adam Thorpe, 29, said he didn’t think at the time that the man was actually homeless.
He was on a night out with friends when he saw the man asking passers by for change. Thorpe offered him £10 in return for throwing kebab meat and chips at his face.
However, someone filmed it and uploaded the video, sparking outrage.
He said: ‘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.’
The incident happened at 2am on Sunday in Derby city centre.
Thorpe said: ‘I felt so bad for what I did afterwards 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 centre 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.
‘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.’
He said he doesn’t know if the homeless man ever got the £10 and that he ‘stood around and said nothing’ before he and his friends walked off from the scene.
A man who filmed it said: ‘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’.