Teens throw chips at rough sleeper outside KFC after pretending to offer food

Three tearaway teenagers hurled chips at a rough sleeper outside a KFC after pretending to offer him food.

The youths, believed to be around 13 and each wearing a hoodie, asked the homeless man if he'd like something to eat as he huddled under a blanket.

But they snatched the box of food from under his nose in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

And Stoke-on-Trent Live says they abused the man and a passerby who tried to defend him.

Aimee Anderson, who saw the "despicable" behaviour on Thursday afternoon, said: "I saw three youngish kids, aged around 12, walk up to this homeless man holding a box of KFC food.

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"They said to him 'do you want this?'. He said 'thank you' and they let him reach out for the food but then snatched it back off him.

"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."

But the 17-year-old business administrator, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, was shouted at by the boys.

She added: "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 'I live on the streets, I don't have that option'. He just seemed so sad.

"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.

"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 her experiences on Facebook and has been met with scores 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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