No charges after homeless man is paid to pour coffee on head

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.


Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press,