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Elderly Couple Gets Booted out of McDonald’s [POLL]

An elderly couple was kicked out of a Virginia McDonald’s for sitting too long, even though there is no confirmed 30 minute sitting limit.

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Carl Becker an 87-year-old World War II veteran, and his wife Barbara Becker, 81, say they both were at the Culpeper McDonald’s on February 21, 2014 around 2:30 p.m. Although the pair has frequented the eatery for years, they were approached by the manager. “And he says you two are going to have to leave. He said your half hour is up and we need to clean this floor,” Barbara Becker said, quoting the manager. The restaurant was not crowded at the time, she claims, and the two were stunned. This was the first time they had ever been asked to leave a McDonald’s

Bob Drumheller, the owner of the McDonald’s Culpeper franchise, issued a statement:

“I care deeply about the comfort and satisfaction of my customers. My organization takes these matters seriously, and is investigating the customer’s claims. I have also reached out to the customer to extend my apologies for this misunderstanding. Our focus will continue to be on serving our customers and providing them a welcoming experience.”

But before you freak out about the time limit, consider this – a McDonald’s in New York had to remind its customers of a time limit for patrons who dine in by posting a sign stating customers have 20 minutes to finish their meals. The catalyst behind the sign for that particular McDonald’s addressed groups of elderly patrons who would come to the restaurant as early as 5 a.m. and would stay until after dark, the New York Times reports. The paper says a number of elderly Korean patrons were basically booth squatters, taking up tables for hours on a daily basis.

Should there be time limits on how long you can stay in a restaurant after you finish your meal?

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