Confronting footage has emerged of a homeless man urinating in a war memorial water feature before washing his face with the same water.
The incident took place in broad daylight outside Hurstville train station, in Sydney’s south, as workers and families walked past.
In the short clip, the disheveled man can be seen exposing his genitals after relieving himself in the water feature dedicated to First World War soldiers and sailors.
He then dips his hands into the same water to wash the dirt off his face.
Sad footage has emerged of a homeless man urinating in a war memorial water feature
The sad footage was recorded by a group of men who laughed and gagged as they watched from across the road.
‘Look at the guy, p***ing in the fountain… and now he’s washing his face in it,’ one can be heard saying.
Viewers online condemned the men for recording the moment rather than helping the vulnerable rough sleeper.
‘Should have helped the man instead of mocking him,’ wrote one man.
‘He’s obviously not well mentally or physically to do this, there needs to be more support for people like this from our government,’ another person said.
‘Imagine being the spineless coward that recorded this man, mocking him instead of helping him,’ added a third.
The man then washed his face with the same water he had urinated in moments earlier
Other viewers said they recognised the man, with one revealing he had lived by the fountain for years.
‘I stop and give him cigarettes and money sometimes. You are all shamefully mocking him,’ he said.
In Australia, there are more than 116,000 people who are homeless.
Major cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane account for 63 per cent of Australia’s homeless people.
Sydney saw the biggest increase of the homeless population from 16.1 per cent in 2001 increase to 24.9 per cent in 2016.
At the same time, Melbourne saw a similar increase of 14.5 per cent to 17.6 per cent.
Footage of the incident sparked outrage, with many condemning the man who filmed it