Emory Ellis, an African-American homeless man, walked into a Burger King in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, expecting to buy breakfast with the small amount of cash he had. He never imagined such a decision would lead him to prison. Now, his legal representative has explained the impact the incident had on his life.
On a morning in November 2015, Ellis handed the staff member a $10 bill to pay for his order. However, the worker denied him the meal. What’s more, they refused to give him back the cash and told him to leave the restaurant.
The cashier accused Ellis of handing them a forged $10 bill. He had no more money, and he argued his case. It soon became clear the staff member wouldn’t be swayed, but Ellis refused to leave the restaurant. Soon after, staff called the police.