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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In a rather odd occurrence, McDonald’s, one of the largest fast-food restaurants in the world, has come out with a ”new policy” that prevents it from serving homeless people.

The policy came to light when a teenager who tried to buy breakfast for an elderly homeless man at McDonald’s was told the restaurant was unable to serve homeless people.

After seeing a man walking past McDonald’s on Oxford Road in Manchester, Charlotte Farrow, a 19 year-old teenager decided to stop and buy him some food. As the pair queued up inside McDonald’s, the homeless man tried to take out some of his own money in preparation to pay for the food, Farrow stopped him and told him she would be paying.

Later, Farrow was told about the “policy” by the restaurant’s supervisor.

“He said the business manager told them they were not allowed to serve homeless people. They said it was a new policy,” Farrow told the Manchester Evening News.

According to Farrow, the situation was “completely immoral” and “extremely judgmental” but both she and the elderly man were served food after the initial dispute.

McDonald’s has apologised for the situation, stating there is no such policy to refuse service to homeless people.

“Both the customer and the gentleman she was buying food for were served. It is not a McDonald’s policy to refuse to serve homeless people and all staff have been reminded of this,” the spokesperson added.

Although the homeless policy proved false, McDonald’s has introduced a controversial new policy in its Cambridge restaurants that could see customers breathanalysed before they are allowed on the premises, in a bid to stop alcohol-fuelled crime in the city.

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A U.S. flags flutters in the wind in front of a sign for a McDonald's restaurant in Los Angeles April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

 

By NewsGram Staff writerBlitz-Box

The famous food provider service of USA, McDonald’s, on Tuesday announced that is planning to shut down 184 of its outlets across the United States.

The burger behemoth, in the recent months, has had to experience same-store sales drop in the country. The brand is known to offer burgers, salads, yogurt parfaits, and fancy chicken wraps. And it hasn’t worked. In fact, that’s putting it mildly. But the recent survey indicates the down-trodden path that this brand is walking upon now.

In the past 40 years, such a scale-back hasn’t taken place. The last time the company contracted was in 1970. Reports released by McDonald’s reveal that same- store sales have either fallen or remained flat for 13 consecutive months.

Earlier in 2015, the brand had announced that it will close around 700 locations around the world, roughly half of which are in the United States, China, and Japan. The company had also planned on downsizing the head count at its U.S. headquarters in Illinois.

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Shutting down of the US restaurants is termed as “minimal” by the brand. After all, the fast food giant runs almost 14,000 outlets across the globe.

Other reasons put aside, this condition of the brand can be linked to the rising competition it is facing in the United States. Chipotle Mexican Grill, which has become a staple for many Americans, is one instance of it. This brand o-CHIPOTLE-facebookclaims to offer better quality vegetables and more fresh than the other brands.

As of now, the brand intends to win back its customers by re-introducing itself. McDonald’s has begun making burgers to order, and offering a range of fancier ingredients, like jalapenos, guacamole, and brioche buns. The burger giant is calling off its all-day breakfast scheme as requested by its patrons.

With a position established since a long time, McDonald’s will have to face hardships in order to make their customers believe that the burgers and wraps they are selling are made of more veggies than earlier and are absolutely fresh. Good luck McDonald’s!