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French McDonald's 'sold drugs at drive-through'

The Local · 2 Nov 2015, 09:58

Published: 02 Nov 2015 09:58 GMT+01:00

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The question "Would you like coke with that sir?" took on a whole different meaning at one McDonald's outlet in France, where staff were reportedly selling drugs to customers via the drive-through.
The allegations centre around the McDonald's in Genay, near Lyon, reported Le Progrès newspaper, starting when the restaurant came under new management in 2013.
Some employees allegedly began selling marijuana to customers through the drive-through, placing the packages in the take away bags.
"They were cutting up the weed, weighing it, and bagging it at the salad bar," an employee told the paper. 
People wanting to buy the drugs would send an SMS to certain employees with a request, then would arrange a time to carry out the transaction at the drive through. 
The drive-through deals came after months of deteriorating work conditions, said staff members, that began with after hours alcohol and drug-fuelled parties on the premises, including card games that ran late into the night. 
"Some people were smoking joints, then cooking without washing their hands," one worker told the paper on Friday, adding that other basic health measures weren't respected.
Concerned staff members eventually filed a complaint with senior management, which saw eight workers fired.
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In a statement, the fast food chain said that it had dismissed the employees for their "illegal occupation" of the premises after hours, as well as for their use of marijuana in the restaurant. 
The company's statement did not address the allegations that the drive-through was being used as a means of selling drugs. 
A police spokesman added that there was currently no investigation into drug trafficking at the premises. 
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