A McDonald’s restaurant has banned under-18s from entering after 5 p.m. due to “anti-social behavior” aimed at its staff.
It came after a series of incidents in which young customers verbally and physically abu$ed the staff at the restaurant on Church Street in Liverpool.
There are currently temporary restrictions in place, one person told the ECHO, describing chaotic scenes as security guards have to turn away customers. They said: “As I was leaving the security guard stopped a man he believed to be a teenager and told him they weren’t allowing people under 18 into the restaurant after 5pm without an adult with them.”
As a young man in his 20s, he apologized and explained the new company policy prohibits him from letting teens in without their parents.
“I was in town the night before and there were large groups of kids all over Liverpool One and they were moved on a number of times by security near the cinema and in Chavasse Park.”
According to a McDonald’s spokesperson: “Over recent weeks, we have seen an increase in the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour in the area with our people being subjected to verbal and physical abu$e.”
“We have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to crime and anti-social behaviour, and have temporarily restricted restaurant access to U18s from 5pm.
“This decision was not taken lightly and we are working closely with the police to find a resolution and help reduce these incidents.”
There is currently a ban in place at one McDonald’s branch, but McDonald’s did not say whether they will expand it to other stores.