An angry mother has accused McDonald’s for ‘fat shaming’ her teenage daughter, saying the staff mocked and laughed at the girl after she ordered six cheeseburgers.
Sixteen year old Corrina was sent to the nearest McDonald’s by her mother to purchase six cheeseburgers and four portions of fries for her and her siblings, Ashley-Jade, fourteen, and Jessica-Abbigale, eight.
Upon ordering the cheeseburgers, a women behind the counter yelled at the kitchen, “Six cheeseburgers. I’m not joking this time. This fat woman wants six burgers.”
Corrina said she was embarrassed by the remark and burst into tears, claiming other McDonald’s staff laughed at her.
Corrina’s mother, Sabrina Hopkinson, said she sent her daughter with her brother to purchase the meal.
“I have a problem getting Jack to eat so when he says he wants something, I let him have it because of the way he is with food,” Sabrina told sources.
“He got given £5 from his grandma for Christmas so I said he could go to McDonald’s.
“I gave my daughter some money and said they could go down and get a few burgers because it was the holidays.
“I don’t think six burgers for four people is over the top, but the girl behind the counter shouted back, ‘Six cheeseburgers. I’m not joking this time. This fat woman wants six burgers’.
“My daughter said, ‘they’re not just for me. They’re for my brother and sisters’, but some of the other staff, who were just standing around, started laughing.”
Once Corrina came home and told her mother what happened to her, Sabrina stormed over to McDonald’s and requested to speak with the manager.
“My daughter gets embarrassed and upset and doesn’t speak up for herself, so being a protective mother, I went down there and let rip,” she said.
“The manager kept apologising but she wouldn’t let me speak to the girl who had said it, even though I knew she was hiding around the back,” she added.
According to Sabrina, when her boyfriend went into the same McDonald’s later that day, the manager phoned the police.
“My partner went in there because he wanted something done about it. He couldn’t believe it. The manager just called the police,” she said.
“It was nothing. My partner ended up shaking hands with the policeman.”
“In this day and age, you wouldn’t expect it. I used to work in McDonald’s when I was young and I would never have dreamed of speaking to a customer like that. I would’ve been sacked straight away.”
A spokesperson with Sussex Police verified that they had been phoned by the restaurant; however, authorities said it was a civil dispute that did not require police assistance. He said that there “was no record of any form of abuse.”
Upon looking over the CCTV system, McDonald’s dismissed that the incident occurred.
“’This allegation is entirely false,’ said a spokesman. ‘We took this claim very seriously and our investigation shows that this did not take place,” Daily Mail reported.
“We have reviewed the restaurant CCTV footage and engaged the local police following the threats made against our employees connected to the incident,” it continued.