A Florida McDonald’s worker was fired after a paramedic complained on social media that she refused to serve him because he had a badge.
Sunstar paramedic Anthony Quinn took to Facebook to reveal the fact that he was allegedly denied service by an employee at a McDonald’s in Madeira Beach, Florida, on Wednesday night.
The revelation resulted in the employee, who has not been named, being fired from the fast food outpost, according to WFTS.
On-duty paramedic Anthony Quinn revealed on Facebook that was allegedly denied service by a McDonald’s worker who claimed the restaurant didn’t ‘serve anyone with a badge’
Quinn’s Facebook post (pictured) was spotted and shared with the McDonald’s franchisee
In his Facebook post, Quinn wrote: ‘I am at work, in my Sunstar paramedic uniform. I walk into McDonalds [sic] just to use the bathroom and an employee goes we don’t accept officers in here.
‘I tell her I’m not an officer. She then says anyone with a badge. then says it to my partner as he walks in to order food, says we don’t serve your kind here. Just insane how people are.’
Quinn then invited people to ‘Feel free to share and repost.’
Quinn also left a negative online review of the McDonald’s in question, writing again that he went into the McDonald’s to use its bathroom and order food and that was when ‘an employee told me they don’t serve badges here.’ He added that when his partner walked in five minutes later, he was told the same thing.
‘Corporate will be notified’ of their treatment, Quinn wrote, ending the post, with ‘#shamemcdonalds #mcdonalds #totalinsanty #thishastostop #icallbs.’
Quinn’s initial post was spotted and forwarded to Caspers Company, the managers of the particular McDonald’s, a Caspers spokesperson told the Miami Herald.
The Madeira Beach, Florida, McDonald’s where Quinn said he was denied service Wednesday
The next day, the McDonald’s franchisee, Caspers Company, revealed they fired the worker
Quinn said that there were better ways for him to have handled the situation than venting on social media, but that he was happy that the ‘McDonald’s took appropriate action’ anyway
In a Facebook post of their own Thursday, Caspers Company wrote that it had fired the worker who claimed the restaurant didn’t ‘serve badges.’
‘We are aware of the unfortunate incident that took place at one of our restaurants last night. We, like you, were upset and disappointed and took immediate action. The employee has been terminated,’ the post read.
‘What occurred does not reflect the values of our brand, our franchise, or the love and admiration we have demonstrated consistently for our friends in law enforcement and first responders. We have reached out to offer our sincerest apology.’
Following the firing, Quinn appeared to have deleted his initial complaint post, but wrote up a final thought about the situation, in which he noted that ‘The events that occurred the other night were unfortunate’ and expressed chagrin.
‘In my frustration of the situation I took to social media which probably wasn’t the best,’ Quinn wrote. ‘There were other ways the situation could have been handled, that’s my fault and I apologize.’
He went on to thank the McDonald’s for taking ‘appropriate action’ in response to the employee’s statement and said that he is ‘putting the situation behind me and going to continue to help people to the best of my ability.’