Ireland Coronavirus Ireland: Dublin McDonald's worker says customers who packed drive-thrus before closure should be 'ashamed'

20:40  25 march  2020
20:40  25 march  2020 Source:   dublinlive.ie

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An Dublin McDonald's worker has said customers should be "ashamed" of themselves as he fears their actions put him at risk of getting coronavirus. Student James works at a restaurant in the capital and said Monday's drive-thru chaos was the busiest he's ever experienced.

The concerned worker said customers were flouting all government advice and putting the health of staff and each other at risk. He told Dublin Live: "I came in Monday and worked on the drive-thru till and I have never seen the restaurant as busy in the nearly year and a half I’ve been working there.

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"Cars queuing up down the road to get their food, whats worse was they were all gorging themselves, nearly every order being around €30-€40 with the biggest being €70, think of how much McDonalds you could buy with that money.

a screenshot of a cell phone: The statement by McDonald's release today © Provided by Dublin Live The statement by McDonald's release today "Any of you involved in what happened today should be ashamed of themselves. We remained open to serve frontline staff on breaks mostly, not families looking to occupy the kids for an hour. "I’m particularly pissed because I was in close contact with every single customer today, I don’t get paid enough to take that risk. This is a quarantine, not a holiday, treat it as such."

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The worker said they had gloves and some measures in place to observe government guidelines but he feared he could have picked up the dreaded Covid-19. James added: "Gloves were optional, but I wore some anyway dealing with customers, cash and card both accepted. "We have always been required to wash our hands every 30 minutes however.

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"In terms of contracting the virus, I’d say there’s a decent chance I could have contracted it, yesterday was my fifth day in a row working and two to three of those days the majority of my shift involved close contact with customers, so obviously the chances are much much higher, but I’m still not worried as such.

"I haven’t been anywhere else other than work so my chances of spreading it now are quite minimal, but I’ll be isolating as much as possible for the next two weeks." Monday was the last day McDonald's was open with the company taking the decision to close for health and safety.

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That led to restaurants all over the country being packed with cars of people trying to get their final fix before quarantine. A McDonald's spokesperson said they would not be commenting on this incident but that all restaurants have been closed with this in mind.

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The company said on Sunday: "We have taken the difficult decision to close all McDonald's restaurants in the UK and Ireland by 7pm on Monday 23rd March at the latest. "This is not a decision we are taking lightly, but one made with the well-being and safety of our employees in mind as well as in the best interests of our customers.

"We will work with local community groups to responsibly distribute food and drink from our restaurants in the coming days. "Thank you to our brilliant employees for their hard work during this incredibly challenging time. "We look forward to seeing you all again as soon as it is safe for us to reopen."

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