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Whoa! No happy meal after horseplay at McDonald's

A McDonald's restaurant sign is seen at a McDonald's restaurant in Del Mar, California in this file photo taken April 16, 2013. McDonald's Corp said ...
A McDonald's restaurant in Del Mar, California in this file photo taken April 16, 2013. Police in Manchester, England fined a woman for taking her horse into a McDonald's where it defecated.MIKE BLAKE / Reuters

I'm hoofin' it...

McDonald's said neigh when a woman riding a horse tried to place an order at a drive-thru window.

But instead of galloping off into the sunset, she led her horse inside the restaurant, where the animal did what comes naturally.


No. Police constables in Manchester, England, were called to the scene on Bury New Road in the British city on Saturday. They decided the lone rider did not deserve a break and issued her a fine.

A statement posted on the Facebook page of Greater Manchester police's Whitefield division read: "The staff refused to serve the woman due to company policy. The woman then took the horse into the restaurant, who ended up doing his business on the floor.

"The sight and smell of this caused obvious distress and upset to customers trying to eat, as well as staff members. Officers arrived at the location and woman was issued a fixed penalty notice for causing alarm and distress to other customers and staff."

McDonald's spokeswoman Becca Hary confirmed the incident to by email.

"On 20th July a woman allowed her pony to enter our restaurant in Whitefield after being refused service in the drive-thru lane.

"The incident caused distress to customers and disruption for the restaurant and the police issued the woman with a fixed penalty notice. 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-thru."

Hary stressed that the rules apply to all McDonald's restaurants all over the world. So cowboys in Texas be warned.

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