Drunk diners have been called out for leaving a massive mess at a McDonald’s and putting workers’ safety at risk, as shocking video emerges.
The footage, shot at a McDonald’s restaurant on King Street in Newcastle, NSW, was shared on social media, causing disgust among many Australians.
The video shows tables in the restaurant littered with rubbish, including paper bags, plastic cups and empty food boxes scattered everywhere.
Drinks are spilled on the floor, and two customers are shown falling asleep at their seats.
The video quickly drew comments from social media users who expressed their shock at the state of the restaurant.
Aussies described it as ‘typical’ of the King Street shop during late weekend nights
The McDonald’s dining area was littered with empty packaging, and food and drinks were spilled on the tables and floor
“This is what happens when you employ people who don’t care,” said one.
‘King Street has always looked like this at the weekend. Everyone comes for a drunken feed when the clubs close,’ said another.
However, some Australians have come to the defense of the restaurant workers, claiming they should not be forced to clean up after drunken diners.
‘These drunken idiots are the lowest of the low. I feel sorry for the workers who have to deal with this mess,” one person told USA Online Post Australia.
A Google review said: ‘My wife and I felt intimidated by a large crowd of young people who were very loud and swaying staff.
‘There was rubbish on all the tables and floors. There was no cleaning done for a while as staff were too scared to leave the safety behind the counter.’
Another said: ‘Occasional drunk fights. Even just driving past it late at night will mean seeing something interesting or keeping your foot on the brake pedal,’ added a second.
‘Expect to see a lot of vomit there if you’re there after about 2am,’ wrote another.
A McDonald’s spokesman said its King Street restaurant had implemented “a number of safety procedures” to protect both staff and customers.
These measures include 24-hour CCTV surveillance, alarm systems and security guards on overnight shifts from Friday to Sunday.
“McDonald’s has a zero tolerance policy for anti-social behavior and expects our restaurants, people and customers to be treated with respect and decency at all times,” they said.
‘We also follow strict cleaning, sanitation and hygiene procedures in all restaurants, including routine cleaning of the dining room.
A Maccas customer was seen sleeping against a wall
One customer was left out at the table
‘We are working with the restaurant to ensure we continue to provide a safe and clean restaurant and a great customer experience.’
In September last year, the King Street store made headlines after a 23-year-old man ran to the McDonald’s for assistance after allegedly being assaulted and set on fire.
A 20-year-old man was later hit with several charges, and the case remains before the courts.