Did you see the story about the horse in McDonald’s in England, where people probably do that all the time after playing polo or cricket or something like that, both games we Americans are pretty sure occur on horseback? (Maybe it was soccer, either way you guys ain’t winning any World Series.)
The horse in McDonald’s story seems to have popped up again yesterday, both because of the fact someone rode a horse to a McDonald’s, and also because if you watched last night’s Daily Show, there was an extensive bit centering around a horse just randomly spotted in a pub in footage of post-Royal baby celebrations.
Oh, England. You may be our cooler uncle with neat accents and better indie rock brands, but we just don’t understand you and your monarch-having, strange tradition honoring ways.
TDS has been talking funny all summer with host John Oliver taking over for Jon Stewart — quite adeptly and presenting an interesting change — and in a bit titled On Her Majesty’s Secret Cervix, a horse incidentally wandered into a scene of merrymaking incidentally filmed in some British pub in Kate Middleton’s hometown of Bucklebury. (Correspondent Jason Jones later got into a pub fight with a fake horse.)
While the “mingling” pony in the clip was well received, the horse in McDonald’s was not, and a spokeswoman for the company said in a statement:
“On 20 July a woman allowed her pony to enter our restaurant in Whitefield after being refused service in the drive-thru lane. The incident caused distress to customers and disruption for the restaurant, and the police issued the woman with a fixed penalty notice. 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.”
Police in Greater Manchester confirmed the horse in McDonald’s fine, saying:
“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.”
So explain this horse in McDonald’s and horse in a pub thing to us, England, is this what your country folk do instead of dressing up funny at Walmart?