Teenage yobs tormented a homeless man outside a Stoke KFC by pretending to offer food and then chucking chips at him before shouting abuse at an onlooker.
The three hooded youths, aged around 13, poked fun at the rough sleeper who thanked them when they offered him a KFC box of food in Hanley, Stoke on Trent.
He thought they were making a kind gesture as he huddled under a blanket but instead they snatched the food back as he was about to take it.
A shocked passerby then saw them begin to laugh at him but she began to receive abuse herself when she stepped in.
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Aimee Anderson said she couldn’t just stand by and do nothing.
She told Stoke-on-Trent Live: “I saw three youngish kids, aged around 12, walk up to this homeless man holding a box of KFC food.
“I stood there watching for a minute or so I had to say something. They were throwing chips at him. I couldn’t believe the amount of people who just walked past.
“I told these boys it was vile what they had done and they need to get some respect.”
Aimee, 17, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, said the boys then came after her, following her down the street and “throwing things” at her.
She said: “I carried on walking towards Hanley bus station to then have them follow me shouting and throwing things at me. When I was right by Wilkos they stopped following me and turned back.
“I told these boys they could go to eat and the man said ‘live on the streets, I don’t have that option’. He just seemed so sad.
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“I hope the parents of these kids are proud. They need to be taught that just because somebody is homeless it doesn’t mean they should be treated any differently than anybody else. What is wrong with kids today?
"I'm not a mum yet myself but I would be ashamed of myself, let alone the child.
"I would stick up for anyone who couldn't stick up for themselves or that are in a situation that could turn nasty.
"I've said to a couple of my mates that on payday I'm going to be buy food, drink and gloves to give to people who need them.
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"At the end of the day they are just like me apart from the fact they don't have a home so they deserve to be treated like a human."
Aimee wrote about the incident on Facebook and had plenty of support.
One woman said: "That's vile, they're cruel scumbags. I hate to think what kind of adults they will grow to be."
Another added: "They're feral little scumbags. Kids these days no respect. Their parents should be ashamed."
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