A GROUP of farmers have slammed McDonald’s after staff told them to take off their work boots before entering a restaurant – even though they were clean.
The hungry students said they were “shocked” at their treatment by the fast food chain, which prides itself on using produce from British farms.
The faming students were shocked when they were asked to leave their footwear at the door of a McDonalds store
The group claimed that their dealer boots were clean
They were looking forward to tucking into a meal at the branch in Crewe, Cheshire on Monday when they were stopped on the door.
To their surprise, a staff member told them that they weren’t allowed to eat at the restaurant unless they removed their “dealer” farm boots, which they claimed were clean.
And not wanting to miss out on their Maccies fix, they decided to leave them outside the door.
The teens – who are studying at Reaseheath Agricultural College – claimed the chain are operating with double standards after builders working locally were allowed entry in their “filfthy” boots.
Jamie Goode, 16, from Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, said: “We were shocked when they wouldn’t let us in. We just laughed at them.
“This lady was standing there and said that before we could enter, we had to take our boots off.
“All our boots were clean and certainly not mucky but they insisted they wouldn’t let us in unless we took them off.
“There were a lot of workmen going in with their boots on, and theirs were filthy.”
Jamie believes someone from his college may have told restaurant staff to stop students entering with their boots on.
He said: “When we asked why [we couldn’t go in], they said Reaseheath [college] said we should be told to take our boots off.
“But when we got back, the college said they knew nothing about such an instruction.
“They said it was probably a health and safety issue to ask to take our boots off, but this is not right if they are allowing the building trade inside with their boots.”
He added: “We don’t even understand how they knew that we were from the college – we didn’t have our ID badges on or anything.”
A spokesperson from McDonald’s said: “We are proud supporters of British and Irish agriculture and work with over 23,000 farmers across the UK and Ireland.
“We have a strong relationship with the local Agricultural college and we have an agreement in place to ensure students that visit our restaurant remove their wellington boots, to ensure the restaurant maintains the high standards that all our customers expect.
“We greatly appreciate the cooperation of the college and students, and look forward to continuing to welcome them to our restaurant in the future.”