KFC and McDonald’s fast food restaurants are banning customers from entering if they are under 18 years old.
Earlier this February a nasty brawl between a bunch of teenagers took place at a McDonald’s restaurant near Meir Park in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK. According to official reports, around 20 teenagers took part in the incident and there were even gunshots involved. Since this type of behavior poses danger not only to other customers, but also to McDonald’s staff, the police advised the restaurant to embrace a new policy regarding teenagers under 18. Thus, the McDonald’s restaurant in question has been teens under the age of 18, who aren’t accompanied by an adult, and are allowing teenage customers to order only take-away from their Drive Thru sections.
A KFC restaurant in the area also embraced this under-18 ban policy shortly after McDonald’s put it into practice. The manager of the said KFC restaurant commented on the new ban by stating that the company’s staff shouldn’t be subjected to such situations and shouldn’t experience such danger-posing behavior from young customers. The police also suggested that the McDonald’s and KFC restaurants in question could hire a bouncer to keep the order at the fast food chains. Apart from the gunshots and the brawl reports also show that some teenagers attend the restaurants and order just a soda so that they could use the free Wi-Fi hotspots.
A spokesperson for KFC commented on the new ban for customers under the age of 18 and apologized for the inconveniences the new policy might cause. However, the representatives also stated that ever since the ban was placed the local community has been nothing else but supportive towards it and that there has been “a noticeable improvement” in the fast food restaurant.