Police called after ‘selfish idiot’ blocks McDonald’s drive-thru in £50 note row

Police were called to McDonald's after a "selfish idiot" blocked the drive-thru in a row over a £50 note, StokeonTrentLive reports.

Other customers were forced to mount the kerb and reverse in a small space outside the fast food restaurant's branch in Sandyford, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire after a "selfish" and "ignorant" man refused to shift his car.

It is understood an argument erupted when staff declined to accept a £50 note as payment.

The incident was only resolved after nearly an hour when officers arrived on the scene at around 10.30am on Saturday, October 10.

Those caught up in the queues vented their fury on social media.

One woman fumed: "I have worked 60 hours, my husband worked the same and we value our time off.

"We decided to treat ourselves to a breakfast except the selfish man decided that our time, plus all the other people in the drive-thru, was worthless.

"He had a £50 note that wouldn't be accepted as policy and instead of parking up and going in to resolve it, or going to get other means of payment, he decided to sit in his car, blocking everybody else for 45 minutes until the police arrived.

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"In these circumstances what a catastrophic waste of police time. Cars were forced to mount the kerb just to get out.

"When I told him he was selfish he said 'why?'. Ignorant, selfish idiot."

Eddie Leligdowicz, who runs 13 McDonald's franchises in Staffordshire and Cheshire, condemned the man's actions and apologised to customers and other motorists who were affected.

He said: "If we have reason to suspect money could be fraudulent, we are within our rights to ask for another form of payment.

"Unfortunately, in the past we have had people chancing their luck with fake notes so we have to take care with high value money. Thankfully, we don't get customers using £50 notes very often.

"On each occasion our staff use their judgement and in this case they chose not to accept it.

"Unfortunately, the customer was not happy and this led to the drive-thru being blocked. It also caused an inconvenience for other road-users as cars backed up."

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "We were called to McDonald's in High Street, shortly after 10.30am on Saturday, October 10 following reports a man was causing an obstruction in the drive thru. He moved on when officers arrived."

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