Tuesday, December 18, 2012

McDonald's waitress fired for adding too many sprinkles to McFlurry

A former McDonald's employee has won £3,000 in compensation following a court case.

Sarah Finch, 19, was fired for gross misconduct after she was deemed to have given too many extra chocolate sprinkles to a colleague on a 99p McFlurry.
The waitress took the restaurant to an employment tribunal after her bosses said she had sold food without payment. The compensation was settled outside of court.

She said in a statement: "I was dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct. I was accused of stealing food.

"The matter was trivial, in that I provided a fellow employee, who was purchasing a dessert, a generous sprinkling of chocolate pieces.

"There is no standard for such measures - they are always imprecise and will vary among customers.

"My colleague had asked me, 'Make it a nice one'. So the measure I gave erred on the side of more than, rather than less than, the mean."

Finch had earned £180-a-week at the Carmarthen, West Wales branch of McDonald's, where she had worked for 18 months.

Darren Newman, Finch's solicitor, said of the settlement: "With the assistance of ACAS we have reached a resolution - the tribunal is being withdrawn and there is no additional mention of liability.

"The parties have agreed not to disclose any more information apart from that the issue has now been resolved."

The settlement also agreed that the former waitress will be given a positive reference from McDonald's.

A McDonald's spokesperson added: "This matter has now been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. The Employment Tribunal case has been withdrawn. No admission of liability was made."


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