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Horse in McDonald's: After Denied at Drive-Thru, Ends in Mess on Floor

By Alexandra Ward   |   Monday, 22 Jul 2013 11:51 AM

A British woman took her horse in a McDonald's after being refused service at the drive-thru over the weekend. She was fined after leading the animal into the restaurant, where it defecated on the floor, police said.

The unidentified woman along with a girl on a pony tried to order food from the drive-thru of a McDonald's in Greater Manchester on Saturday. After being denied, she led her horse inside the fast-food restaurant and it did its "business" on the floor, according to police.

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"The sight and smell of this caused obvious distress and upset to customers trying to eat, as well as staff members," Whitefield police wrote on their Facebook page after the incident. "Officers arrived at the location and woman was issued a Fixed Penalty notice for causing alarm and distress to other customers and staff."

A McDonald's spokeswoman said it's against the company's policy to serve customers on horseback.

"The health and safety of our customers and staff is our top priority, and for this reason we are unable to serve pedestrians, bicycle riders, or customers on horseback through the drive-thru," she said.

Commenters, however, defended the woman.

"Smelly, disgusting cars gassing the customers in the restaurant and dropping harmful, smelly oil on the ground while waiting in line in the drive-thru is no different to be honest," one person posted on the Huffington Post UK's site. "Had they served her in the drive-thru then the problem wouldn't have arisen. Seems to me McD's gave themselves the problem, I have never seen a sign saying no one on horseback will be served."

"What harm did she really do? OK, there was a slight odor of horse but what's so bad about that? It's just a farm type of smell. And if a baby made a mess on the floor by accident, they wouldn't call the police and have the mother arrested, would they?" someone else wrote.

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