Girl, 9, turned away from McDonald’s in Leigh for being underage

A nine-year-old girl was distraught after being turned away from McDonald’s for being underage, her mum claims.

Lilly Bullen was calling in to collect a meal her mum Claire had already ordered and paid for on the fast food chain’s app.

But she was ‘nearly in tears’ after being rejected by a member of staff in a branch in Leigh, near Manchester, who told her under-16s cannot be served past 5pm.

The new rule was brought in after police issued a dispersal order in the area, in response to persistent trouble-making from local youths.

Claire, who lives in Leigh, said: ‘I was gutted for her as I had to sweet talk her to go in for it in the first place, as she gets ever so shy.

‘She came out nearly crying as she thought she’d done wrong.

‘She’s not exactly rocked up and asked for a double vodka to go with her double cheeseburger, has she?’

Claire took Lilly back into the branch after the incident on Tuesday and they were eventually handed their meal.

Claire said: ‘I went in with her to challenge the lady and her reply was a rather rude “nope she’s underage we don’t serve under 16 anymore”.’

‘I explained we had already ordered and paid and she was purely collecting.

‘She reverted to allowing her after I’d challenged their replies.’

The mother lamented the older kids ‘ruining it’ for younger ones.

McDonald’s confirmed that a dispersal order was being enforced by Greater Manchester Police. The Bradshawgate branch requires under-16s to be accompanied by an adult after 5pm.

A McDonald’s spokesperson said: ‘This customer was initially refused service due to temporary measures introduced to support a dispersal order in Leigh town centre.

‘After confirming that her guardian was waiting outside the restaurant, the customer collected their order as normal.’

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