Following Twitter backlash, U.K. McDonald’s forced to rethink youth ban

You may now resume sticking french fries up your nose.

Mar 2, 2020, 10:27 am*


Miles Klee 

Miles Klee

Apparently, delinquent teens have been a problem of late at a McDonald’s location in southeast London’s Sidcup neighborhood—so management decided to do take a stand. Earlier this week, a misspelled sign was spotted in the window: “NO YOUTHS WILL BE SERVERD [sic] AFTER 7PM,” it read.

Predictably, this vague, illegal, and otherwise unenforceable fiat was met with ridicule and hostility on Twitter. The policy was especially galling since the latest newsworthy incidents at the fast food restaurant involved adult men (one tried to steal a chair and called a policewoman a “slag,” while the other burst in waving a samurai sword.)

It wasn’t long before McDonald’s HQ stepped in, with a spokeswoman reaffirming the franchise’s “family-friendly” atmosphere:

On Saturday evening, the restaurant experienced problems with a group of individuals causing sustained disruption to the restaurant, affecting fellow customers and employees. As a result, following consultation with local police, the restaurant management took urgent steps to try and prevent repeat anti-social behaviour. The wording of the initial signage displayed in the restaurant was incorrect and we apologise for any confusion caused.

A victory for the kids—but of the hollow sort:

Problem is, there’s no Burger King nearby.

H/T Metro | Photo by Scott/Flickr

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*First Published: Jan 10, 2014, 3:03 pm