McDonald’s staff were attacked ‘over 900 times across the UK last year’
McDonald’s staff were attacked ‘over 900 times across the UK last year’ with staff ‘bitten, kicked, punched and chemically assaulted’
- Freedom of Information request revealed staff were attacked over 900 times
- Workers were throttled, punched and chemically assaulted in the last year
- Customers were also subjected to being knifed, punched and bitten by others
Staff at fast-food chain McDonald’s were subjected to more than 900 assaults last year, it has been reported.
A Freedom of Information request revealed workers at 1,270 restaurants across the UK were throttled, punched, kicked and attacked with chemical sprays.
And it’s not just staff that have been attacked. Customers have also been knifed, punched and bitten, with the majority of incidents being recorded at night.
Weapons to carry out these vicious attacks have included the likes of plastic knives, spoons and forks provided by McDonalds, and even condiments such as ketchup.
The figures suggest that there are 17 assaults on staff and customers per week across the country.
A Freedom of Information request revealed workers at the 1,270 restaurants across the UK were throttled, punched, kicked and attacked with chemical sprays
But the real figure is likely to be higher, as only just over half of police forces handed out the figures in the request.
According to the data, the most violent branch was in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, which was the site of 33 assaults in a year.
Cleveland Police confirmed a customer was stabbed in the arms and legs with a knife in Middlesbrough and in Torquay, Devon, one customer bit another on the face.
A spokesperson for McDonalds said: ‘We are proud to serve over four million customers a day in our 1,450 restaurants across the UK & Ireland, and take a zero tolerance approach to violence towards our employees and customers.
‘We work closely with the police and community leaders to ensure our restaurants are a welcoming and safe environment for all.’