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Sidcup McDonald's bans youths after 7pm in a bid to curb anti-social behaviour
MCDONALD'S in Sidcup caused outrage among fast food loving youngsters when it posted a sign announcing they would not be served after 7pm.
A misspelt sign stating "No youths will be serverd after 7pm" was posted in the High Street branch this week in a bid to prevent anti-social behaviour.
However, the signs were swiftly removed after News Shopper got in contact with the restaurant's head office.
Hungry teens took to Twitter to vent their anger with one user saying "is this a joke I want chicken nuggets".
A 32-year-old, who visited yesterday (Jan 6), told News Shopper: "I couldn't help but laugh because it was full of youths at 6.50pm."
A McDonald’s spokeswoman hastily issued an apology, which said: "I can confirm that there is no age restriction policy in place at the McDonald’s restaurant on Sidcup High Street.
"On Saturday evening, the restaurant experienced problems with a group of individuals causing sustained disruption to the restaurant, affecting fellow customers and employees.
"As a result, following consultation with local police, the restaurant management took urgent steps to try and prevent repeat anti-social behaviour.
"The wording of the initial signage displayed in the restaurant was incorrect and we apologise for any confusion caused.
"McDonald’s is a family friendly restaurant that welcomes everyone through its doors, but we take a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour of all kinds and anyone acting in an anti-social manner that causes distress or disruption to other customers or employees will be asked to leave the premises.
She added the management team at the Sidcup restaurant is working with Bexley Police, the local Safer Neighbourhoods team and the local Shop Safe Partnership to ensure a safe, fun and friendly atmosphere for customers and employees.
A Bexley police spokesman confirmed police were called to reports of anti-social behaviour at McDonald's in Sidcup High Streets on January 4 at 7.45pm and again at 9.31pm.
On both occasions. when officers attended no offences were apparent and no arrests were made.
He added: "Police are aware of ongoing reports of anti-social behaviour at this location.
“Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated by the MPS and we will take action against those who cause alarm or distress in their communities, using the full range of civil and criminal powers available to us to tackle offenders”.
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