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LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) – Police in New Jersey say no charges will be filed after a stranger paid a homeless man $5 to pour coffee on himself twice.
Police say that’s because Ronald Leggatt consented even though he was embarrassed.
The 65-year-old tells the Asbury Park Press he let a stranger videotape him pouring coffee on his head on Monday in Lakewood because he needed the money.
A bystander, Carlos Mejia, posted an account of the incident on social media after confronting the young man who paid Leggatt, and the community outcry prompted police to investigate.
The Rev. Steve Brigham, a homeless advocate who knows Leggatt, says it’s just something that you don’t do to other human beings.
The community agrees. NJ.com reports that many have come forward to help Leggatt. They’ve gotten him clothes and even a motel room as a snowstorm is expected to hit the area this weekend.
A touching YouTube video also shows one man telling Leggatt that he didn’t deserve to have something like that happen to him. He then offered to buy him a haircut and some food.
What’s more, TheLakewoodScoop.com reports that then on Friday, the stranger actually returned to apologize to Leggatt, and offered to have Leggatt pour coffee on HIS head in return.
“No, I wouldn’t do that,” said Leggatt.
After the apology, Leggatt said: “I feel like a million…billion dollars. Like I just hit the…Powerball. Thank you very much Lakewood, New Jersey!”