Monday, 22 July 2013

Horse in McDonald's: Rider fined after 'drive-thru' refusal

Horses outside McDonald's A woman has been fined for taking her horse into a McDonald's restaurant in Greater Manchester.

Police said the woman, who has not been named, was in the saddle when she was initially turned away from the drive-through kiosk on Bury New Road.

The woman then led the animal inside, where it "ended up doing his business on the floor", a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) spokesman said.

McDonald's said it was unable to serve customers on horseback.

A girl riding a pony also went through the McDonald's 'drive-thru' with the woman.

'Distress to customers'

A spokeswoman for the company said: "On 20 July a woman allowed her pony to enter our restaurant in Whitefield after being refused service in the drive-thru lane.

Horse manure in McDonald's A McDonald's spokeswoman said customers were distressed. The incident caused distress to customers and disruption for the restaurant, and the police issued the woman with a fixed penalty notice."

She added: "The health and safety of our customers and staff is our top priority, and for this reason we are unable to serve pedestrians, bicycle riders or customers on horseback through the drive-thru."

Greater Manchester Police said: "The sight and smell of this caused obvious distress and upset to customers trying to eat, as well as staff members.

"Officers arrived at the location and the woman was issued [with] a fixed penalty notice for causing alarm and distress to other customers and staff."

Why were  they unable to serve someone on horse back? I’m sorry but i would bet a pinch of salt to a pound of horse shit that, prior to this incident Mackey Dee’s had no policy on serving horse riders. And there never existed any risk assessment that included horse riders at the drive thru. That the horse droppings caused ‘distress and upset’ to diners has more to do with them being townies than with the horse.


Jan said...

What a crock of horse poo. The horse was obviously calm and well handled by the rider. I would have found it very amusing if I was eating in there. Why couldn't they just serve the rider through the drive through?Its sounds like discrimination to me!!

Malcolm said...

Hi Maffi

Just a thought, motorcycles?



Henhouse said...

McD's policy probably says they are no longer allowed to serve horse.

Keith said...

Let's not get too carried away here. Surely the sensible thing to do was for one of them to have held the two horses while the other one went inside and bought a takeaway. If the horse had got twitchy inside the building the results for both the animal and the diners would have been awful. Horses are very unpredictable animals.


Maffi said...

YOu're right Let's not get too carried away here by what right do McD's refuse to serve someone just because they are sitting on the raw material.

nb Rea said...

What's wrong with being a townie?

Maffi said...

Please re-read Rea I didn't say there was anything wrong with being a townie.

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