McDonald’s lifts youth ban
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.”