A homeless man was devastated when he discovered that someone had pissed in his sleeping bag and all of his belongings he had left at the door of a store.
People living in Christchurch, Dorset, condemned the disgusting act with Zoe Haine, who runs a local soup kitchen, saying the man was "devastated" and almost crying.
The man, who does not want to be identified, returned to his scanty belongings on the sidewalk at ShoeZone's entrance to find someone who had deliberately urinated on them and that sleeping bags and clothes were wet and ruined.
Zoe, who helps run the Christchurch Soup Kitchen and who knows it, said: "It is no exaggeration to say that he was devastated.
"He thinks he was someone who may have been in a pub and feels that it must have been deliberate, since it is obvious what the possessions were and that they belonged to someone."
She said he already sleeps occasionally in more hidden places because he is nervous about the attacks and is now considering retreating to a less visible position.
"It seems to have been someone who is not in this situation who did not think about what he was doing and I think it is a really sad attitude.
"I know that not everyone agrees with people who sleep on the street and some people think they should be transferred, but is that the kind of thing we want to see?
"Is this how we want to show our kids how to behave? It's so disturbing to see."
She said it was not an isolated incident and that people who slept poorly were still physically attacked and abused.
"A minority of the community seems to think it's a fair game. What happened to it is dehumanizing.
"Some people believe that every street-side sleeper is a drug addict or an alcoholic.
"There is a very limited attitude towards those who sleep badly, not just in Christchurch, but wherever you go."
As a result, many homeless people avoid staying in occupied areas of the community.
"It's a vulnerable place to be on the street – they're a very easy target.
"They do not want to open up for their belongings to be stolen or anything like that.
"It can be really unpleasant for some of them."
A 2016 study, conducted by the homeless organization Crisis, found that one in ten people who slept badly had the opportunity to be pissed during their time on the streets.
Their research also showed that those who slept badly were 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence, and 15 times more likely to have been verbally abused than the general public.
The government recently allocated £ 387,000 to the Bournemouth council to address the issue of violent sleep.
Bournemouth MP Conor Burns said he believed that "the best way to solve the problems faced by those who sleep badly is to find ways to help them get off the streets."
"While I welcome the Government's efforts, I recognize that financial support alone will not break the cycle. If significant progress is needed, it is imperative that we change the way we respond."
On October 5, it launched Bournemouth Sleep Support, an online network of twenty-two organizations in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, which provides long-term care for those who have sleep difficulties.
"I am monitoring your progress and organizing regular meetings. I truly believe that will make a difference."
The hobo's possessions have been replaced by sympathizers, with many criticizing yob as "shameful" and "humiliating" on social media.
Zoe Haine added, "We know that people who do things like this are a minority and we are always getting help."
Their kitchen offers a "wash and swap" service for the sleeping bags of the homeless people and they are always willing to get gifts of new sleeping bags in addition to tents for one person and smaller men's clothing.
"For understandable reasons, most of the people we help are small and often underweight," she said.
"We are always looking for new or almost new waist pants or small shirts, shirts and coats."