A French franchise of the US conglomerate, McDonald’s, has threatened its employees with dismissal for feeding the homeless.
A McDonald’s burger chain in Hyeres near Marseille in southern France, posted a notice to its employees warning them of the possible consequences of feeding homeless people on the street.
The notice was posted after one of the restaurant’s employees gave up their ‘benefit meal’ for a street person outside the restaurant.
The notice, which quickly spread to social media channels, read:
“After an incident on July 25th, it is absolutely forbidden to provide food to vagrants, as a reminder, the team’s meals should be eaten on the premises. Meals for team members are a personal benefit and are to be enjoyed only by the worker in question.”
The notice went on to say: “McDonald’s is not in the business of feeding all the hungry people in the land,” and concluded: “Any diversion from the procedure cited above will result in sanction that could lead to dismissal.”
McDonald’s France released a statement saying they posted the notice after a “serious incident” that involved two homeless people in front of their restaurant. They said the notice was intended to keep the premises safe for its customers.
“The process and the formulation was clearly clumsy, the restaurant management quickly removed the notice,” the statement said.
“McDonald’s and the restaurant apologize to all those who may have been shocked by this notice and state that the brand is dedicated to serving all its clients without discrimination,” the statement added.