McDonald’s Church Street branch in Liverpool imposed a ban which prevents people under the age of 18 from entering the place after 5 p.m. As this ban is just temporary, this will certainly help the employees who have been repeatedly subjected to abuse.
The ban comes as a result of the fast-food restaurant to reduce instances of anti-social behavior, which have been very frequent during the past period.
“Over recent weeks, we have seen an increase in the number of incidents of anti-social behavior in the area with our people being subjected to verbal and physical abuse. We have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to crime and anti-social behavior, and have temporarily restricted restaurant access to U18s from 5 pm. This decision was not taken lightly and we are working closely with the police to find a resolution and help reduce these incidents,” a spokesperson for the company stated.
As most of the McDonald’s restaurants in the UK offer a 24-hour service, which makes them a popular places for youngsters who are outside during the night, the staff has witnessed a number of anti-social behavior among the customers and say they have a hard time preventing it from taking place.
The fast-food giant is planning on closing a number of places, around 36,000 throughout the world, to be exact. Around 13,000 of them are placed in the UK.
On top of this, the company made a decision to increase the prices of some the products it offers, such as the cheeseburger, which used to cost 99p and whose price increased to 1.19 pounds.
Company representatives claim that the fast-food chain is going through some turbulent times, and the inflation only adds to the issue.
“As I was leaving the security guard stopped a man he believed to be a teenager and told him they weren’t allowing people under 18 into the restaurant after 5 pm without an adult with them. The man told the security guard he was in his 20s so he apologized and explained that the new company policy meant he couldn’t let groups of teens in on their own,” a customer was reported to have said.
The Chief Executive Officer for McDonald’s UK & Ireland, Alistair Macrow, said, “At times like this, we know that providing great value is important. Since we opened in the UK in 1974, we’ve committed to offering great tasting food at affordable prices, and that commitment will not change. But today’s pressures mean, like many, we’re having to make some tough choices about our prices. This summer, our restaurants will be adding between 10p and 20p to a number of the menu items impact most by inflation. From today, we’ll be increasing the price of our cheeseburger for the first time in over 14 years, taking it from 99p to 1.19 pounds. Some prices remain unaffected, and some will continue to vary across our restaurants.”
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