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Woman on horseback fined after attempting to use McDonald’s drive-through window


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Justin Sullivan

A woman on horseback who attempted to buy food from a McDonald’s drive-through window in northern England has been fined for causing alarm and distress to other customers and staff.

The McDonald’s worker at the drive-through window in Whitefield refused to serve her and her companion, a girl riding a pony.

The woman then rode her horse into the restaurant, where it "ended up doing his business on the floor,” a Greater Manchester Police spokesman told BBC News.

"The sight and smell of this caused obvious distress and upset to customers trying to eat, as well as staff members,” the police spokesman said.

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A McDonald’s spokeswoman told BBC News: "The health and safety of our customers and staff is our top priority, and for this reason we are unable to serve pedestrians, bicycle riders or customers on horseback through the drive-through."

This being the UK, there is CCTV footage of the incident, but McDonald’s said the company would not be releasing it.

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