McDon­ald’s lifts youth ban

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The McDon­ald’s in Chatham has lifted a ban on un­der-21s eating inside.

Over the past few months, the fran­chise’s Chatham, Strood and Gillingham out­lets have en­forced bans pre­vent­ing youths from eating inside af­ter 3pm.

How­ever, fol­low­ing a re­view, the store on Chatham High Street has scrapped its age limit.

The de­ci­sion comes af­ter a suc­ces­sion of com­plaints.

One mum, who wishes to re­main anony­mous, com­plained to the store af­ter her 17-year-old daugh­ter and friend were asked to leave the store af­ter buy­ing food.

The mother said: “They were qui­etly sit­ting down to eat the food they bought when they were told they couldn’t eat there be­cause of their age.

“They’d al­ready bought their lunch, so it’s not like they had the op­tion of eating some­where else.

“You wouldn’t dis­crim­i­nate against any other groups of peo­ple in this way, so why them?”

McDon­ald’s has of­fered the girl a free meal on her next visit, at the same time con­firm­ing the re­moval of the ban.

A McDon­ald’s spokesman said: “The tem­po­rary re­stric­tion on those un­der the age of 21 from eating inside our Chatham restau­rant has now been lifted.

“We con­tinue to work closely with the lo­cal po­lice and other busi­nesses to ad­dress of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and cur­rently have se­cu­rity guards in place from mid-af­ter­noon on­wards.”

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