A few months ago a headline like “Horse in McDonalds” would have referred to yet another incident in the great U.K. horse-meat scandal. Readers in the U.S. may not be aware that the British government was rocked a few months ago by the revelation that horse-meat was being used in many food products labeled as containing beef.
Major brand names were involved and, especially, companies selling minced meat items where it was impossible to guess the nature of the ingredients. Burger restaurants were particularly vulnerable, and all issued strong denials that their burgers contained any horse-meat.
So, having the word “horse”in the same phrase as “McDonalds” would have causes shivers to run down the spines of their P.R. people. Not that the actual incident of the horse inside a branch McDonalds in Whitefield, Greater Manchester was much better.
The story, according to the Daily Telegraph, started with a woman being refused service in the drive-thru lane; apparently, a horse is not a vehicle. But, the woman was resourceful and determined to have her Big-Mac, or whatever. So she simply took the animal into the restaurant. This would not have been so bad, had the horse not decided that it had to respond a call of nature – and pooped on the floor!
The police report stated that, not surprisingly, “The sight and smell of this caused obvious distress and upset to customers trying to eat, as well as staff members. It also said that “The staff refused to serve the women due to company policy. The women then took the horse into the restaurant who ended up doing his business on the floor.”
Ultimately, the police issued a fixed penalty notice to the woman “for causing alarm & distress to other customers and staff.” A spokesperson for Mcdonalds said: “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.”
So, I guess that’s the last time we’ll be startled to see an article titled “horse in Mcdonalds.”
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