McDonald’s, my favorite fast food joint is in the news again. Not this time about obesity or whether they’re going to start serving their delicious breakfast items throughout the day (like McDonald’s in sensible Hong Kong).
No, the latest news from England is that McDonald’s will not serve you in the Drive-Thru if you are riding a horse. And then should you insist on taking the animal into the restaurant itself, you’ll likely to end up in trouble with the police.
There can’t be too many people on horseback lining up to buy a Big Mac, but in the northern English city of Manchester, a McDonald’s employee refused to serve a woman in the Drive-Thru because she was riding a horse. Okay she said, I’ll go to the counter.
“The woman then led the horse inside the restaurant, where it ‘ended up doing his business on the floor’ in front of shocked Saturday lunchtime customers”, a Greater Manchester Police spokesman said.
According to a McDonald’s spokeswoman customers were upset at seeing a horse at the counter, not to mention leaving his smelly ‘doings’ on the restaurant floor.
“The incident caused great distress to our customers and disruption for the restaurant. The police were called and issued the woman with a fixed penalty fine for causing alarm and distress to other customers and staff.”
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.”
But on the same day, a McDonald’s employee in the Philippines told me that customers on bicycles were welcome to use the Drive Thru.
“And someone riding a horse?”, I asked.
“So long as customers clear the vertical height bar, they are all welcome to use the Drive Thru,” he added.
Last year, there was a huge scandal in Europe after it was discovered that many meat products sold in supermarkets such as burgers contained horse meat. As one wag commented, “no wonder the poor horse pooped, it thought it was going to end up on the menu.”