According to local CBS News affiliate Arizona’s Family, a man who harassed people in a food drive line on Thursday telling them to get a job was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Maricopa County Sheriff Deputies say they were called to a food distribution event held at a Buckeye school Thursday after reports of a man, later identified as 46-year-old Ryan Bryson, who was reportedly “Yelling obscenities and degrading remarks to members of the community who were at the school for food distribution.”
Arizona’s Family reporter Emma Lockhart spoke to one couple who said they are struggling to find work and went to the church’s food drive to help them feed their four children. The couple said they were left traumatized after a man, later identified as Bryson, drove by in a truck and yelled that they needed to get a job.
The couple wanted their identities protected out of fear of retaliation, the news station reported.
“He looked at my son and told him that his parents were pathetic and couldn’t afford to feed him. At that point, all my manners went out the window,” said one of the parents.
The intense exchange was caught on cellphone video where you can hear Bryson yelling, “Get a f***ing job.”
Arizona’s Family spoke with the man who claims to be the person in the video. The company name was seen on the truck the man was driving. He told us he stands by what he said and that,” those people need to go to work. They should be ashamed of themselves.”
Sheriff officials told the news station that after further investigation, several complaints described Bryson’s behavior as disruptive to the establishment and process of distributing food.
Witnesses also told investigators Bryson also yelled obscenities in the presence of minor children who were in attendance of the event with their parents.
On Friday afternoon, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Bryson was arrested and booked for disorderly conduct charges.
The Hill reported that “The incident comes as families across the country have turned to food banks over the last year” and “Many American households have lost jobs and income during the coronavirus pandemic.”
Feeding America, the largest anti-hunger organization in the U.S., told The Associated Press in December that between March and October of 2020 it gave out 4.2 billion meals to struggling families, with many of those needing assistance using food banks for the first time. According to its website, Feeding America says it’s seen a 55 percent increase in the demand for meals from food banks and estimates a supply gap of 8 billion meals.
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