McDonalds says no to the homeless…

26 Dec

Today is Christmas day and as I am away from home, I decided to take my two homeless friends Ryan and Paul out to lunch. I wanted to take them to the restaurant at the top of Century City in Beverly Hills… but unfortunately it was closed, as was the pizza place on the corner. Only one place was left… McDonalds on Santa Monica but apparently Ryan and Paul sometimes use the bathroom there.

Question: Should Ryan and Paul use the McDonalds toilets or would you prefer it if they took a crap outside in the gutter?

So because my friends sometimes use the bathroom without asking and because they occasionally ask a customer for cigarettes or food… the staff at McDonalds refused to let them enter the restaurant and eat with me on Christmas Day.

What do you think about this? Tweet this blog on if you think this is bad…

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8 Responses to “McDonalds says no to the homeless…”

  1. Bartolo Ansaldi December 29, 2009 at 7:48 am #

    Hi Geoff,

    It’s a nice, sad Christmas story, with no Santa coming and saving the situation.

    When we’re kids we’re taught the difference between good and evil, and that we belong to the good ones.
    But when you grow up, the most of us will behave as bad people.

  2. Lisa Mason December 27, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

    My personal opinion is I see nothing wrong with them using the toilets and I am not offended by homeless people in any way. If I were to run across them, I would likely offer to buy them a meal.

    From a business standpoint, I think McDonald’s has the right to reserve their toilets for paying customers. Therefore, if they did not purchase anything, they could legally ask them to leave the restaurant. However, when they came back with you later to have a meal which you were paying for, they did not have the right to refuse their entry. The only exception would be if that particular McDonald’s filed a complaint and obtained a court order banning these two gentlemen from the property.

    I believe this is why the McDonalds’ in D.C. has pay toilets. If you buy something, you get a token to use the toilet; otherwise, you have to pay to gain entry to their restrooms. Seems really silly and over the top to me.

    Personally, I think someone at that McDonald’s just doesn’t like the homeless. Our local McDs used to serve a couple of homeless gentlemen quite often. In cold weather, they would come in and by a coffee and sit for hours. They would get free refills and they never bothered anyone and no one seemed to care. Occasionally other patrons would buy them meals or give them money to get something and sometimes people would just sit around and talk with them.

    When I was a teen, I worked at McDonald’s in VA and we found a homeless man scavenging in our dumpster area. So every night when we had leftover food that would have been thrown out, we put it in a bag and placed it outside for him. We weren’t supposed to according to official rules but our manager knew we did it and never said anything.

    It’s sad more people can’t have more compassion.

    • geofftalbot December 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm #

      Thanks Lisa… I think thats a really balanced view. I think some people don’t like to see the homeless as it threatens their world view and it makes them uncomfortable; which is understandable and not necessarily a bad thing… I mean it should be disturbing because we wouldn’t want that for ourselves or anyone close to us…

  3. Ollie December 26, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    I think as long as they don’t make a mess of the toilets….they should be allowed to use them….a lot of people don’t make the “choice” to live on the streets….they feel like they have no other option…and sometimes humanity could just stop for a minute in their busy world and show compassion to some a little less fortunate. Geoff i think it’s great you are showing these guys some friendship and compassion…. keep up the good work and hope 2010 brings all your dreams to fruition 🙂

  4. Holly December 26, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    That stinks! That makes me not want to eat there anymore.

  5. Grant Dexter December 26, 2009 at 5:40 am #

    I think a proprietors have the right to refuse service to anyone they like. Nothing bad about it.

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