Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Burger To Go: McRapping For Sacking

Following my last post about treatment of staff at some high volume restaurants, pity the plight of a burger flipper in Holland.

She was sacked by McDonald’s for the unspeakable crime of, wait for it, giving a colleague a piece of cheese.

The woman handed a fellow staff member a cheeseburger instead of a hamburger and was duly dismissed by bosses at the restaurant in the northern Dutch town of Lemmer.

Now a court has come to her defence, rapping the fast food giant for its decision.

"The dismissal was too severe a measure," the district court in Leeuwarden said in a written judgment on the case.

"It is just a slice of cheese."

A written warning would have been a more appropriate punishment, it added.

McDonald’s was ordered to pay the woman her enormous wages for the remaining five months of her contract - a total of 4,265 euro (£3,720) – as well as the court costs.

The firm maintained she broke the rules, which prohibit any free gifts to family, friends or colleagues.

The ruling comes days after McDonald's reported a 23% jump in net quarterly profits to $1.22bn (£756.79m) – enough to buy about 50 billion slices of cheese.

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