Woman fined for taking horse into McDonald's

The horse outside McDonald's - Twitter pic by @hollysinar

DEPOSIT: Horse poo inside McDonald's - Twitter pic by @hollysinar

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A WOMAN has been fined after walking into McDonald’s in Whitefield with a horse – when she was refused service at the drive-through.

Diners inside the Whitefield branch were left stunned, especially when the horse fouled on the floor.

Staff were so concerned by the resulting furore they called police, who issued a £90 on-the-spot fine to horse rider Christine McGrail for “causing alarm and distress” to members of the public.

The drama unfolded just before 6pm on Saturday when Christine, aged 33, and her daughter Olivia, aged nine, got a little peckish, as did their horses, who like to eat McFlurrys.

Christine, riding stallion Dancer and Olivia, riding six-year-old pony Minnie, lined up at the drive-thru of the Fountain Place restaurant.

But staff were worried the animals could be spooked by queuing cars and so ordered them to step out of the queue.

To avoid confrontation, workers invited Mrs McGrail and her daughter to go into the restaurant to get served — and they took the invitation quite literally.

With Mrs McGrail and Dancer outside, Olivia took Minnie inside and the animal then made a mess.

One diner, who was inside the restaurant, said: “I was shocked and so was everyone else. The smell was horrible. I’ve never seen anything like it. It gives Whitefield a bad name.”

A Whitefield Police spokesman said: “The sight and smell of the mess caused obvious distress and upset to customers trying to eat, as well as staff members.  Officers issued the woman with a fixed penalty notice for causing alarm and distress to other customers and staff.”

Mrs McGrail said she admitted to behaving rashly but claimed horse riders were treated inconsistently as she had been served several times before while with a horse.

The bizarre incident sparked a fierce debate on Facebook after Whitefield Police publicised it.
Marie O’Hare wrote: “How miserable of the staff not to serve her outside and what a massive waste of police services.”

Karl Parr wrote: “It does sound amusing. The rider has been reckless in taking the animal into the restaurant. Hygiene aside, the rider had no consideration in terms of safety, including the safety of the animal.”

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7:39pm Sun 21 Jul 13

jodgie@hotmail.com says...

If mc donalds arnt willing to serve a horse rider. I think all horse riders should boycot there restaurants.
And how many horse power do you actualy need to get served there!!!
If mc donalds arnt willing to serve a horse rider. I think all horse riders should boycot there restaurants. And how many horse power do you actualy need to get served there!!! jodgie@hotmail.com
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8:30pm Sun 21 Jul 13

Babbar Divino says...

I know McDonalds is expensive but I really think the horse could of paid in full for his burger rather than leave a deposit?
I know McDonalds is expensive but I really think the horse could of paid in full for his burger rather than leave a deposit? Babbar Divino
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8:56pm Sun 21 Jul 13

jodgie@hotmail.com says...

Yes if the horse has left a deposit surely they are legaly obliged to serve him.!!!
Yes if the horse has left a deposit surely they are legaly obliged to serve him.!!! jodgie@hotmail.com
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8:56pm Sun 21 Jul 13

jodgie@hotmail.com says...

Yes if the horse has left a deposit surely they are legaly obliged to serve him.!!!
Yes if the horse has left a deposit surely they are legaly obliged to serve him.!!! jodgie@hotmail.com
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9:21am Mon 22 Jul 13

carlchrystan says...

Maybe she took the horse in so he could call up on some old relatives!
Maybe she took the horse in so he could call up on some old relatives! carlchrystan
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10:44am Mon 22 Jul 13

buckfeed17 says...

haha funny story and no wonder she got fined. I wouldn't have been happy if ity left a "deposit|" next to my Big Mac. Nor would i have been happy to see a kiddie get kicked off a spooked horse.
haha funny story and no wonder she got fined. I wouldn't have been happy if ity left a "deposit|" next to my Big Mac. Nor would i have been happy to see a kiddie get kicked off a spooked horse. buckfeed17
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11:21am Mon 22 Jul 13

jodgie@hotmail.com says...

Buckfeed is quiet right just she fails to realise the only reason the horse was in the restaurant was because they had been refused to be served outside.
Buckfeed is quiet right just she fails to realise the only reason the horse was in the restaurant was because they had been refused to be served outside. jodgie@hotmail.com
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12:14pm Mon 22 Jul 13

the boy holty says...

"The woman then took the horse into the fast-food restaurant . . .The sight and smell of this caused obvious distress and upset to customers trying to eat, as well as staff members. "

... and people weren't keen on the horse either.
"The woman then took the horse into the fast-food restaurant . . .The sight and smell of this caused obvious distress and upset to customers trying to eat, as well as staff members. " ... and people weren't keen on the horse either. the boy holty
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12:41pm Mon 22 Jul 13

buckfeed17 says...

I can see both sides of the arguments on this one. Yeah, why shouldn't she be served when she's on a horse as opposed to a motorbike or sat in a car!? But there may be a condition written into McDonalds insurance policy regarding animals on site/drive-thru, therefore they're unable serve them. However, what most likely is the case is that McDonalds know that horses "deposit" and that the riders never clean it up and they don't want it doing its business outside the drive-thru window and wafting in through the window hole. Plus i wouldn't like to walk upto McDonalds and be greeted by a massive "deposit". So this aspect of the company policy is for OUR benefit.
Fair enough Rodald McDoland i can see why this is your stance and to be honest, i agree.
I can see both sides of the arguments on this one. Yeah, why shouldn't she be served when she's on a horse as opposed to a motorbike or sat in a car!? But there may be a condition written into McDonalds insurance policy regarding animals on site/drive-thru, therefore they're unable serve them. However, what most likely is the case is that McDonalds know that horses "deposit" and that the riders never clean it up and they don't want it doing its business outside the drive-thru window and wafting in through the window hole. Plus i wouldn't like to walk upto McDonalds and be greeted by a massive "deposit". So this aspect of the company policy is for OUR benefit. Fair enough Rodald McDoland i can see why this is your stance and to be honest, i agree. buckfeed17
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1:09pm Mon 22 Jul 13

Subopottsboyle says...

Why was big M so upset, it wasn't as if she returning shoddy goods.

Silly BURGERS
Why was big M so upset, it wasn't as if she returning shoddy goods. Silly BURGERS Subopottsboyle
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1:10pm Mon 22 Jul 13

buckfeed17 says...

The more i think about this, the more i completely agree with McDonalds stance on this. If horses were allowed on the drive-thru, some woud at some point take a dump and no doubt would not be cleaned up by the rider. McDonalds would want to clean it up as it does not look good having a huge pile of that on their grounds when people are coming in buying food. And why on earth should the workers have to clean that up. WELL DONE MACCIES :)
The more i think about this, the more i completely agree with McDonalds stance on this. If horses were allowed on the drive-thru, some woud at some point take a dump and no doubt would not be cleaned up by the rider. McDonalds would want to clean it up as it does not look good having a huge pile of that on their grounds when people are coming in buying food. And why on earth should the workers have to clean that up. WELL DONE MACCIES :) buckfeed17
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3:42pm Mon 22 Jul 13

Mr. Marcus says...

Babbar Divino wrote:
I know McDonalds is expensive but I really think the horse could of paid in full for his burger rather than leave a deposit?
I like it!
Why did MickeyD ban the lady at the takeaway in the first place?
[quote][p][bold]Babbar Divino[/bold] wrote: I know McDonalds is expensive but I really think the horse could of paid in full for his burger rather than leave a deposit?[/p][/quote]I like it! Why did MickeyD ban the lady at the takeaway in the first place? Mr. Marcus
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7:50pm Mon 22 Jul 13

Babbar Divino says...

Before I read this story I really respected people who owned horses and regarded them as having high intelligence and refined taste. Imagine now how I feel that one has been spotted buying a Big Mac teemed with large fries and accessorised with a strawberry thick shake. "Shattered" is the only word that comes to mind.
Before I read this story I really respected people who owned horses and regarded them as having high intelligence and refined taste. Imagine now how I feel that one has been spotted buying a Big Mac teemed with large fries and accessorised with a strawberry thick shake. "Shattered" is the only word that comes to mind. Babbar Divino
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2:23pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Eileenshakers says...

The only reason this irresponsible woman brought this horse to McDonald was to become an instant Youtube Celebrity.

Perhaps she should have been watching that programme broadcast last night regarding how social media has changed our lives and how to become a celebrity overnight.

The only other reason i can think of why she should be near this restaurant with a horse is perhaps as an animal rights activist protesting about how horse meat could possibly get in to the human food chain.
The only reason this irresponsible woman brought this horse to McDonald was to become an instant Youtube Celebrity. Perhaps she should have been watching that programme broadcast last night regarding how social media has changed our lives and how to become a celebrity overnight. The only other reason i can think of why she should be near this restaurant with a horse is perhaps as an animal rights activist protesting about how horse meat could possibly get in to the human food chain. Eileenshakers
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