BURGER OFF, YOU SMOKERS
PUT IT OUT BEFORE YOU ORDER, MCDONALD’S TELLS DRIVE-THROUGH CUSTOMERS
DRIVE-THROUGH customers at McDonald’s will be forced to butt out before ordering their food at some restaurants.
The company has already implemented smoking bans at some sites in accordance with State Government laws banning smoking within 4m of outside dining tables.
Eastern Creek McDonald’s has installed a “No Smoking” sign in its drivethrough lane. Restaurant manager Iesha Ceapa said smoking affected other customers as well as employees.
MCDONALD’S drivethrough customers will be forced to put their cigarettes out when ordering from some sites of the fast food giant.
Eastern Creek McDonald’s, on the M4, has put “No Smoking” signs up at their drive-through and manager Iesha Ceapa said staff had noticed the difference.
“At our restaurant especially, customers come through drive-through either on their phone or smoking,” Ms Ceapa said.
“Yes it does affect the individual but the smell also gets into the restaurant. I try to get my staff to make customers aware of the laws.”
In accordance with the State Government’s new smoking laws, McDonald’s restaurants across NSW have banned smoking from any area within 4m where food is served.
A McDonald’s spokeswoman said the signs were at the discretion of the licensee.
“In line with new outdoor smoking laws, McDonald’s restaurants also enforce a no-smoking area within 4m of dining areas,” the spokeswoman said.
“Some of our restaurants are also asking customers not to smoke at drivethrough windows.”
The new laws, which came into effect on July 1, em- power NSW Health Inspectors to issue on-the-spot fines of up to $300 per individual offender and $5500 fines for companies which fail to comply.
A spokeswoman for Safety Return to Work and Support said McDonald’s was entitled to ensure a safe work environment for its staff.
“McDonalds are able to enforce smoking bans as detailed in the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 and the Smoke-free Environment Regulation 2007 by notifying NSW Health – as can any McDonald’s customer,” the spokeswoman said.