Mellow Mushroom manager resigns after video of confrontation with Carytown panhandler goes viral

Mellow Mushroom manager resigns after video of confrontation with Carytown panhandler goes viral

A manager allegedly took issue with a customer buying a sandwich for a homeless man outside the restaurant during Saturday’s hail storm.

Screenshot: Kelly Wood

A manager at poplar Carytown pizzeria Mellow Mushroom has resigned after a video showing a confrontation between she and a panhandler went viral on Facebook.

The incident started, in the middle of Saturday’s hail storm no less, outside the restaurant when a customer bought the homeless man a sandwich, which the manager appeared to take issue with.

The full post (which has been updated to indicate the restaurant plans to assist with a potluck for the homeless following the incident) and video can be seen below.

Mellow Mushroom owner Scott Douglas released the following statement in response to the allegations:

One of our managers displayed poor judgment yesterday regarding a panhandler. She has been reprimanded and is facing discipline. We all make mistakes at times, and she certainly did in this case. Her actions yesterday aren’t reflective of our philosophy of treating all people with respect. In general, people will tell you we are a very generous and community minded establishment.

I sincerely apology for her behavior, as does she. If you feel a personal apology is in order, I will be at Mellow during the day tomorrow.

Read more about the incident from NBC12 here.

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