McDonald’s Staff Refused To Give Exhausted Firefighters Free Drinks

A McDonald’s branch caused fury when staff refused to give firemen free coffees and teas after they tackled a huge blaze at a retail park.

Dozens of firemen in 10 engines were yesterday called to a raging fire at home store B&M at the Clifton Moor Centre in York.

The flames took so long to put out that the firefighters worked in shifts and some had time for a refreshment break.

mcdonald's refuses to give firefighters free drinks

Dozens of firemen in 10 engines were yesterday called to a raging fire at home store B&M at the Clifton Moor Centre in York.

mcdonald's refuses to give firefighters free drinks

The flames took so long to put out that the firefighters worked in shifts and some had time for a refreshment break. The went to this McDonald’s but were refused free drinks

They walked one mile to McDonald’s on the other side of the retail park and asked for free teas and coffees because they did not carry money in their fire-fighting gear.

Restaurant staff refused before a kind customer stepped up and bought the group around.

A Facebook post on a community group which slammed McDonald’s has been shared more than 6,000 times.

The incident has divided opinion: some say the firefighters should have brought money or enjoyed free tap water while others insist McDonald’s staff should have handed out free drinks on the house.

A spokesman for McDonald’s apologized and said: ‘We value the fantastic work of our emergency services and thank the individuals that dedicate their lives to protecting our local community.

mcdonald's refuses to give firefighters free drinks

A Facebook post on a community group which slammed McDonald’s has been shared more than 6,000 times

mcdonald's refuses to give firefighters free drinks

Restaurant staff refused to give freebies before a kind customer stepped up and bought the group around. Pictured: The fire

mcdonald's refuses to give firefighters free drinks

The incident has divided opinion: Some say the firefighters should have brought money or enjoyed free tap water while others insist McDonald’s staff should have handed out free drinks on the house. Pictured: The fire

‘On this occasion, we would like to apologize to the firefighters who bravely tackled last night’s fire. They should have been provided with free refreshments on the night as a small recognition for their efforts.

‘McDonald’s will, of course, be happy to reimburse the member of public involvement and we will be in touch directly with our local fire & rescue service.’

The fire started at 4.30pm on Saturday and burned well into the night. Shops were evacuated and no-one was injured.

mcdonald's refuses to give firefighters free drinks

A map showing the distance from the B&M to the McDonald’s store

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