Va. couple thrown out of McDonalds for sitting too long - KMSP-TV

Va. couple thrown out of McDonalds for sitting too long

Posted: Updated:
Carl and Barbara Becker say they were thrown out of a Culpeper, Va. McDonalds on February 21. Carl and Barbara Becker say they were thrown out of a Culpeper, Va. McDonalds on February 21.
Carl and Barbara Becker say they've never been thrown out of anywhere-- at least not until now.  But on February 21, the meal they call "scrunch" was cut short when they were tossed out of a McDonalds restaurant in Culpeper, Virginia because they stayed too long.  

The Beckers are in their 80s.  They say they've been having scrunch-- their meal between supper and lunch-- at their favorite McDonalds for decades.  But on that particular day, they were approached by an employee who was cleaning.  They say dust started flying, and the employee asked if that bothered them.  When they told her it did if you like to eat dirt, a manager soon appeared.

That's when the Beckers say they were told to leave because their half-hour was up and the floor needed to be cleaned.  They say they've never been told of a time limit before now, but they got up and dumped out their food-- laughed-- and then left.  

FOX 5's Beth Parker visited the restaurant.  She couldn't find any signs that warn customers of a 30-minute limit for sitting the restaurant.  

The Beckers-- who have six kids and many grandchildren-- say they didn't harbor any hostility or feel embarrassed because "it was so foolish, so unbelievable."  Mr. Becker, a World War II veteran, wrote a letter to the editor detailing what happened.

FOX 5's Beth Parker reached out to the owner of the McDonalds franchise where the incident happened, but has not heard back.  McDonalds' corporate offices addressed the situation, offering the couple two free small coffees to apologize.  

What did the Beckers think of that?  They say they're not a two small coffees couple.

  • Viral StoriesMore>>

  • Puerto Rico declares chikungunya epidemic

    Puerto Rico declares chikungunya epidemic

    Friday, July 18 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-07-18 11:48:06 GMT
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Health officials in Puerto Rico on Thursday declared an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya, which was introduced into the Caribbean region late last year. Health Secretary Ana Rius said that more than 200 cases had been confirmed on the island as of June 25 and that the majority of them were reported in the capital of San Juan and nearby areas. The first case of chikungunya in the U.S. territory was reported in late May. Also on Thursday, ...
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Health officials in Puerto Rico on Thursday declared an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya, which was introduced into the Caribbean region late last year. Health Secretary Ana Rius said that more than 200 cases had been confirmed on the island as of June 25 and that the majority of them were reported in the capital of San Juan and nearby areas. The first case of chikungunya in the U.S. territory was reported in late May. Also on Thursday, ...
  • Couple and baby miss Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that was downed over Ukraine

    Couple and baby miss Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that was downed over Ukraine

    Friday, July 18 2014 7:47 AM EDT2014-07-18 11:47:36 GMT
    Imagine how you would feel if you were supposed to be on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that was downed over eastern Ukraine on Thursday but changed your flight for a later time?
    Imagine how you would feel if you were supposed to be on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that was downed over eastern Ukraine on Thursday but changed your flight for a later time?
  • Company sets limits on how long workers can use bathroom

    Company sets limits on how long workers can use bathroom

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-07-16 15:02:02 GMT
    Should an employer have any say in how much time you spend in the bathroom on company time? According to an article on CNN.com, Chicago's Watersaver Faucet Company installed swipe card systems on bathrooms at their factory in an attempt to limit bathroom breaks to 6 minutes or less. WaterSaver disciplined nineteen workers for what they call "excessive use" of washrooms. FOX 5’s Wisdom Martin has more. READ MORE: http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/15/smallbusiness/bathroom-time-penalty/
    Should an employer have any say in how much time you spend in the bathroom on company time? According to an article on CNN.com, Chicago's Watersaver Faucet Company installed swipe card systems on bathrooms at their factory in an attempt to limit bathroom breaks to 6 minutes or less. WaterSaver disciplined nineteen workers for what they call "excessive use" of washrooms. FOX 5’s Wisdom Martin has more. READ MORE: http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/15/smallbusiness/bathroom-time-penalty/
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices