KAILIS Fish Market Café in Fremantle has hit back at claims that a staff member took food from a homeless person on Sunday May 6.
Louise Law, a customer who posted about the event on the Freo Massive Facebook group, told the Fremantle Gazette that she was part of a group of 10 people having lunch there.
“We observed from the window a homeless man sitting near the bin, he was looking in the bin,” she said.
“After our meal there was a huge plate full of excess chips.”
Ms Law said two girls from the group “went outside to give him the plate.”
She said a man who worked at Kailis Fremantle walked over, took the plate of food from the homeless man and threw it in the bin.
“It was a shocking moment and we were disgusted that the girls’ act of kindness was dismissed with no explanation and our food that we bought and chose to give to him was thrown in the bin when he had accepted it.”
A spokeswoman from Kailis Fremantle said the version of events portrayed was totally inaccurate and untrue.
“It has caused much emotional distress for the employee involved, along with other members of staff that witnessed the situation,” she said.
“For over half an hour an individual rummaged through various bin modules discarding waste onto the floor and onto table tops; he was asked politely to stop on three occasions.
“Our staff witnessed a customer give him some food which he ate.
“He then went back to another bin module removing waste and consumed more food matter at another table.
“We must be totally clear that at no point did any member of staff take food from the individual, our staff spent a great amount of time cleaning the debris left behind.”
The spokeswoman said the matter had been referred to their lawyers.